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|
Professor, Sociology, Taylor University, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
CEO, Training, Training and Consulting Group, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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