The association between tobacco use and perceptions of tobacco price strategies within primary care patients in rural Greece
Department of Social Medicine, Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, University of Crete, Greece
Primary Care Setting of Siatista, Greece
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2016;2(April):61
Publish date: 2016-04-21
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Tobacco use is a detrimental public health issue associated with a plethora of adverse health outcomes. The purpose of this report was to investigate the association between tobacco use and perceptions of tobacco price strategies to reduce consumption in a rural primary care setting in Northern Greece.
Material and Methods:
The study took place within a primary care setting, in Alonakia, in Northern Greece within a primary health care setting. Consecutive patients who were current smokers (n=121) with a routine appointment for any reason were invited to participate over a 6-week period, during the second semester of 2013.
The mean daily cigarette consumption was 20.2 ± 12.4 (range: 2-60) and their pack/year consumption was 31.8 ± 30.4 (range: 1-150 pack/years). Within the context of a regression analysis, the likelihood for patients who were smokers to positively respond that the cost of tobacco has an effect on their daily cigarette consumption was found to decrease by 3% for every cigarette smoked more per day and by 2% for every more pack/year. Furthermore, the likelihood for participants to report that they would quit smoking in case of a doubling in the price of tobacco products decreased by 5% for every cigarette smoked more per day.
The above findings imply that the reduction in tobacco use in rural Greece, is complex and a population’s sensitivity should be enhanced through primary care initiatives that are adjusted between health promotion and counseling in conditions of socioeconomic distress.
Department of Social Medicine, Clinic of Social and Family Medicine, University of Crete, Greece, University of Crete, 71003 Heraklion, Greece, Greece