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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA



Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM
13-341

An Evaluation of the “Bent on Quitting” Smoking Cessation Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Communities in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Robert Coughlin, MA, Policy and Planning, Toronto Public Health, 277 Victoria Street, Suite 202, Toronto, ON M5B 1W2, Canada

Objective: The Rainbow Tobacco Intervention Coalition is a committee of community partners formed to raise awareness and provide a smoking cessation program to members of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) communities in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Several studies have indicated that approximately 50% of the LGBT population smoke. The Coalition identified a gap in cessation servicing for this community. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Coalition's “Bent on Quitting” cessation program tailored directly for the LGBT communities.

Methods: A literature review identified best practices and programs targeted to the LGBT community in North America. The cessation program was then designed. The program's format and content were pilot tested using a focus group with LGBT community members. The eight week cessation program was delivered. Participants met once a week. Nicotine replacement therapy was available to interested participants for 10 weeks. A pre-post survey was administered to program participants to measure changes in smoking patterns. Qualitative data was collected using interviews and focus groups with participants, facilitators and the Coalition. One, three, six and 12 month follow-up calls were made to participants.

Results: An external evaluator was hired to evaluate the program. Complete results will be available for the conference. At the time of this abstract, 19 clients registered, 18 completed, and 9 have quit. Due to high demand, a minimum of three programs will be delivered in 2006. The February program is already full. A cessation program for LGBT persons living with AIDS/HIV will also be designed and delivered.