Keynote: Smoking poverty: Those most in need are often the most difficult to work with
16:35 - 16:50
Public Health and Policy
There are estimates that up to 90% of homeless adults’ smoke, more than any other minority group, around 80% of adults dependent on illicit substances also smoke, up to 70% of those dependent on alcohol will die from a tobacco related disease. Desire to quit is no different in these groups, quit attempts are also high but success is low, with most lasting less than 24 hours. Cessation is often unplanned and unsupported, and worryingly often discouraged by professionals. When we look at why success is so low, stress is cited as a key reason for relapse. But what do we mean by that?
Drawing on her experience of working with alcohol and tobacco use in vulnerable and marginalised groups Sharon discusses how the field looks unequal both in terms of who is doing the research and who is being researched, and explains why it’s not a coincidence.
- Dr Sharon Cox Research Fellow - London South Bank University's Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research
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