Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 719–724 | Cite as

Tobacco Use and Interest in Smoking Cessation Among Latinos Attending Community Health Fairs

  • A. Paula Cupertino
  • Lisa Sanderson Cox
  • Susan Garrett
  • Natalia Suarez
  • Hannah Sandt
  • Irazema Mendoza
  • Edward F. Ellerbeck
Original Paper


Health fairs are vital for reaching underserved Latinos providing access to health services including smoking cessation. The purpose of this study is to describe tobacco use and interest in smoking cessation among Latino smokers attending community health fairs. We surveyed 262 self-identified Latinos attending health fairs; we assessed smoking behavior and attitudes of 53 (20.2%) current smokers. Smokers were mostly uninsured (98.1%), male (54.7%), recent immigrants (96.2%) with limited English proficiency (60.4% spoke Spanish at home), and were mainly light (86.3%) and nondaily (58.7%) smokers. Although most participants attempted to quit smoking at least once in the past year, only 5.0% of current smokers reported ever using cessation medication and 94.3% were unaware of free-telephone counseling. The majority of smokers were ready to quit within 30 days and were interested in participating in cessation programs. Health fairs provide a unique opportunity to address smoking cessation among underserved Latinos with limited knowledge of access to, and use of effective cessation services.


Tobacco use Smoking cessation Community health fair Latinos 



This study was conducted by the Latino Health Initiative Network (LHIN) in collaboration with Maria Reyes and Cielo Fernandez (El Centro, Inc.), Brooke Groneman (Kansas University Cancer Center), Paula Cupertino, Susan Garrett and Irazema Mendoza (Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center), Francesca Beard (Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer), Toyin Sokari (National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service), Jorge Coromac and Florence Ndikum-Moffor (Heart to Heart International) and Gabriela Flores (Truman Medical Centers). This study was supported in part by funding from the Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City. We are grateful to the volunteers and community members who participated in this project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Paula Cupertino
    • 1
  • Lisa Sanderson Cox
    • 1
  • Susan Garrett
    • 1
  • Natalia Suarez
    • 1
  • Hannah Sandt
    • 2
  • Irazema Mendoza
    • 1
  • Edward F. Ellerbeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Preventive Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of Kansas Medical CenterKansas CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of Anthropology, One Brookings DriveWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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