Distribution of smokers by stage in three representative samples.

  title={Distribution of smokers by stage in three representative samples.},
  author={Wayne F. Velicer and Joseph L. Fava and James O. Prochaska and David B Abrams and Karen M. Emmons and John P Pierce},
  journal={Preventive medicine},
  volume={24 4},
OBJECTIVES A key variable for the design of individual and public health interventions for smoking cessation is Stage of Change, a variable which employs past behavior and behavioral intention to characterize an individual's readiness to change. Reactively recruited samples distort estimates of the stage distribution in the population because such samples attract a disproportionate number of late-stage participants. Three representative samples are described which provide accurate estimates of… CONTINUE READING

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