Developing a Worksite-based Culturally Adapted Smoking Cessation Intervention for Male Hispanic/Latino Construction Workers

Noella A. Dietz, Taghrid Asfar, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Kenneth D. Ward, Katerina Santiago, Estefania C. Ruano-Herreria, Laura A. McClure, David J. Lee

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Over 2.6 million Hispanic/Latino construction workers (CWs) live in the US; 91% of South Florida CWs are Hispanic/Latino. CWs have higher smoking and lower cessation rates than other workers. Limited access to cessation services, worksite turnover, and lack of interventions tailored to culture/occupation hinder cessation. Partnering with worksite food trucks to deliver unique cessation interventions may improve these efforts. Aims: To explore a novel cessation approach, assess worker/worksite acceptability, and seek input into intervention development. Methods: In 2016, we conducted five semi-structured focus groups with 37 smoking Hispanic/Latino CWs. Constant comparative analysis was used to examine a priori themes regarding smoking behaviours, cessation treatments, intervention delivery, cultural adaptation, and quit interest. Results: CWs reported tremendous job stress. Most smoking occurred during the workday and most CWs did not use nicotine replacement therapy with past quit attempts. Most CWs were open to a worksite face-to-face group cessation intervention before work (many underutilize breaks and feel pressure to keep working). CWs felt it unnecessary to tailor the intervention to Hispanics/Latinos indicating smokers are the same regardless of race/ethnicity. Conclusions: Findings demonstrate the need to consider work environments, job demands/stress, and worker preferences when developing accessible and acceptable cessation interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-82
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Smoking Cessation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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