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Awareness of Korean Adults Smokers about National Smoking Cessation Program in Korea: Findings from the 2016 International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey_Korea
J Korean Soc Res Nicotine Tob 2018; 9(Suppl S1): S22-S30
Published online January 31, 2018
© 2018 The Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Eon Sook Lee1, Hong Gwan Seo2*, Geoffrey T Fong3,4,5, Mi Yan3, Pete Driezen3

1Department of Family Medicine, Smoking Cessation Clinic, Center for Health Promotion, Ilsan-Paik Hospital, College of Medicine, Inje University,
2Graduate School of Cancer Science and Policy, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea,
3Department of Psychology, University Of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada,
4Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
5School of Public Health and Health Systems, University Of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Correspondence to: 꽌솉愿
援由쎌븫꽱꽣 援젣븫븰썝븰援먭꼍湲곕룄 怨좎뼇떆 씪궛룞援 씪궛濡 323 (슦)10408
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Received July 3, 2017; Revised October 25, 2017; Accepted January 25, 2018.
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Background: There are effective intervention program for smoking cessation such as clinics at public health centres, quitlines, residential cessation program, and insurance program in South Korea. The purpose of this study is to investigate awareness and utilization of smoking cessation program in current smokers.
Methods: We analyzed data from the ITC Korea Survey, a telephone survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adult smokers, conducted from June 2015 to June 2016. Frequency of awareness, intention to use, and utilization about smoking cessation program were reported in current smokers. To evaluate influence of smoking related factors like nicotine dependence on awareness, intention to use, and use about smoking cessation program of current smokers, logistic regression was used. All analyses were performed with use of STATA version 11.
Results: In case of the insurance program to help quit, current smokers have an awareness about it (36.9%) and an interest in using it (50.3%). The proportion of current smoker utilizing quit program was 32.3% for public clinic, 0.9% for residential program, 7.4% for insurance program to help quit, and 3.0% for Quitlines. Higher utilization was observed current smokers over 40 years of age, married, with daily smoking amount (above 10/d), with quit attempt in the last 1 year (OR 1.32, 95% CI 1.04-1.68), and with smoking cessation plan (OR 2.47, 95% CI 1.85-3.29).
Conclusion: A small percentage of current smokers participated the government providing smoking cessation program in Korea, even though their awareness is relatively good. Further strategy is necessary to encourage current smoker to participate smoking cessation program.
Keywords : Smoking cessation; Program; Awareness; Intention to use; Utilization
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