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    Planning the Location of Stop Smoking Services at the Local Level: A Geographic Analysis

    Tomintz, Melanie N. and Clarke, Graham P. and Rigby, Jan (2009) Planning the Location of Stop Smoking Services at the Local Level: A Geographic Analysis. Journal of Smoking Cessation, 4 (2). pp. 61-73. ISSN 1834-2612

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    Smoking is one of the major causes of premature death and its negative effects on a person’s health are a global issue. Therefore, the United Kingdom has introduced new policies aimed at reducing the proportion of smokers from 26% in 2005 down to 21% by 2010. One mechanism to meet this policy target is the provision of stop smoking services. This article aims to estimate the Leeds smoking population at the small area level and especially to highlight the distribution of hard-to-reach groups such as heavy smokers (> 20 cigarettes/day) and pregnant women who smoke. Then optimal location strategies are discussed in relation to stop smoking services. The findings show the importance of adding a spatial component to find out where the smoking population or specific subgroups of smokers are to support policymakers or healthcare planners who are responsible for the planning process of the services

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: estimating smoking rates; stop smoking services; microsimulation; location-allocation models; policy planning;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 8916
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    Depositing User: Jan Rigby
    Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 13:44
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Smoking Cessation
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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