Jean Talbot, Research Associate with the Maine Rural Health Research Center, and colleagues have published their study of the role of rural residence and single motherhood as risk factors for smoking. Their findings indicate that rural mothers are significantly more likely than their urban counterparts to be smokers, smoke frequently, and smoke heavily, even after adjusting for factors known to increase smoking risk. Talbot suggests that policymakers should consider methods for extending insurance coverage for smoking cessation interventions through the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid. Additionally, anti-smoking initiatives at the local, state, and national levels could play an important role in decreasing rural-urban disparities in smoking-related morbidity and mortality. This policy brief was made available to attendees at the American Public Health Association conference in Chicago.
Suggested citation: Talbot JA, Szlosek D, Ziller EC. Implications of Rural Residence and Single Mother Status for Maternal Smoking Behaviors. Portland, ME: Univerisity of Southern Maine, Muskie School, Maine Rural Health Research Center; October, 2015. PB-59.