Abstract: Objectives: To study time estimates by women smokers for when smoking-related consequences will occur given continuing or quitting smoking. The relationship of these estimates to pregnancy and intent to quit smoking was also investigated. Methods: Over a two-week period, eighty women, selected to constitute four subgroups formed by pregnant vs. non-pregnant and trying vs. not trying to quit smoking, rated times at which they would expect smoking-related consequences to occur given continuing or quitting smoking. Results: Somatic health consequences were estimated to occur later than consequences related to mood and social relations. All consequences were estimated to occur later given quitting smoking. Pregnancy had an effect on the estimated time that consequences would occur, with pregnant women estimating earlier occurrence of consequences related to mood and social relations than non-pregnant women did. Conclusion: Health messages should stress consequences for somatic health in quitting smoking, since outcomes later in time might have too low a value to exert a positive effect on decisions to quit smoking.
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Ortendahl, M.; Uttermalm, A.; Simonsson, B.; Näsman, P.; Wallsten, T. Estimated Time for Occurrence of Smoking-Related Consequences among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Women. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 1665-1675.
Ortendahl M, Uttermalm A, Simonsson B, Näsman P, Wallsten T. Estimated Time for Occurrence of Smoking-Related Consequences among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Women. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(5):1665-1675.
Ortendahl, Monica; Uttermalm, Alf; Simonsson, Bo; Näsman, Per; Wallsten, Tuula. 2009. "Estimated Time for Occurrence of Smoking-Related Consequences among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Women." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 5: 1665-1675.