The Development of a Smoking Cessation Intervention for Hard-to-Reach Multiple Substance Abusing Mailes: A Comic Book as the Central Component

By Gordon Bruce Munro, Brenda Elizabeth Munro and Paul Burke.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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Individuals involved in multiple substance abuse are among a sector of the Canadian population who are hard-to-reach, and usually heavy smokers. This paper outlines the development of an approach to smoking cessation intervention for hard-to-reach multiple substance abusing males. The approach is based on the Integrated Human Ecology and Transtheoretical Stages of Change Model of Smoking Behaviour (Munro, Doherty-Poirier, Munro & Ohler-Madsen, 1995), and incorporates the use of a comic book as a key component of the intervention. Other components include Prochaska & DeClemente’s (1992; Lee et al., 2004) stages of change model, addiction therapy guidelines (Waltman, 1995) and resiliency concepts (Mangham, Reid, McGrath & Steward, 1994). This paper describes a pilot project undertaken to evaluate the effectiveness of the comic book, then offers recommendations for the development of similar interventions for other special populations.

Keywords: Smoking Cessation, Hard Cord Smokers, Use of Humour, Comics, Stages of Change in Smoking

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.231-238. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 531.758KB).

Prof. Gordon Bruce Munro

Professor, Sociology, Taylor University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Gordon Munro is presently a professor at Taylor University, department of sociology in Edmonton, Canada. His teaching interests are media and culture, youth, intimacy and sociology of religion. His primary areas of research has been youth identity and involvement in high risk behaviours particularly addictive behaviours.

Dr. Brenda Elizabeth Munro

Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Dr. Brenda Munro is a professor in the Department of Human Ecology. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of intimate relationships and youth at risk. Her current research projects include work with homeless youth and theatre the use of interactive theatre in working with youth who are thirteen to fourteen years old. Theoretical perspectives that have been applied in this research are identity development and attachment theory.

Paul Burke

CEO, Training, Training and Consulting Group, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Paul Burke is a certified Motivational Interviewer and Trainer. He the CEO of Paul Burke Training and Consulting Group. He has also been an addiction counselor, supervisor, manager and researcher.

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