Are perceived neighbourhood problems associated with the likelihood of smoking?

Ellaway, A. and Macintyre, S. (2009) Are perceived neighbourhood problems associated with the likelihood of smoking? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 63(1), pp. 78-80. (doi:10.1136/jech.2007.068767)

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Abstract

Objective:

To explore associations between residents’ perceptions of the local residential environment and the likelihood of their smoking.

Design:

Using data (n = 2615) from the West of Scotland Twenty-07 Study, separately by gender, cross-sectional associations between respondents’ perceptions of neighbourhood (perceived absence of goods, incivilities and physical environmental problems) and the likelihood of being a current smoker and the amount smoked were examined.

Results:

Perceived neighbourhood problems are associated with the likelihood of smoking but mainly among those with the most negative view of the local neighbourhood. Perceptions of the provision of neighbourhood amenities seems to be more strongly associated with women’s than men’s smoking status, whereas the perceived quality of the local neighbourhood appears to be a better predictor of men’s smoking.

Conclusions:

Efforts to reduce smoking levels among more deprived groups may need to pay more attention to the role of local environmental conditions in influencing smoking behaviour.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ellaway, Dr Anne and Macintyre, Professor Sally
Authors: Ellaway, A., and Macintyre, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Centre for Population and Health Sciences
Journal Name:Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Journal Abbr.:J. Epidemiol. Com. Health
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:0143-005X
ISSN (Online):1470-2738
Published Online:05 December 2008
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 Ellaway et al
First Published:First published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 63(1):78-80
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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