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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

Friday, July 14, 2006 - 12:00 PM

"Técnicas Básicas para Dejar el Tabaco:" 5-year follow-up of a capacity-building, culturally-adapted, evidence-based smoking cessation certification program for Spanish-speaking health promoters, clinicians and non-clinicians

Zenén Salazar, MPH, Louise J. Strayer, Mary Gilles, and Chun Feng. HealthCare Partnership / Psychology / Social & Behavioral Sciences, The University of Arizona, 2030 E. Speedway Blvd., Suite 120, Tucson, AZ 85719

Objective: To present outcome data on a capacity-building cultural adaptation of an evidence-based smoking cessation certification program: Técnicas Básicas para Dejar el Tabaco

Methods: Nicotine dependence among cultural minorities in the United States is a serious problem often inadequately addressed. In the 1999--2001 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), CDC found that adult cigarette smoking prevalence in non-Hispanic black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Mexican, and Puerto Rican men was higher than in non-Hispanic white men. Additionally, when it comes to cessation interventions, the most comprehensive report to date on ethnic minorities and smoking did not discuss pharmaceutical cessation strategies (i.e., nicotine replacement therapy or antidepressant aids, both of which have proven efficacy for smoking cessation).

In a follow up to the preliminary data presented at the 11th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health in 2000, this presentation will review the Arizona training program designed to increase the capacity of the Hispanic population to address tobacco use within their communities. Based on the U.S. Public Health Service Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, the nationally recognized Arizona certification program for health promoters, clinicians and non-clinicians serving the Spanish-speaking population incorporates behavioral and pharmaceutical cessation strategies in diffusing evidence-based brief interventions at a community level.

Results: Results of pre- and post-training evaluations of knowledge, skills and self-confidence, as well as results of follow-up evaluations that include participant's utilization of client-centered materials will be presented. The potential impact of this community-based culturally adapted brief smoking cessation intervention will be discussed.

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