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    In developing worksite smoking cessation programs in Costa Rica, it is necessary to gain an understanding of smokers and ex-smokers. For smokers, it was necessary to know the barriers to quitting and what they thought may help them. For ex-smokers, we wanted to identify the main factors that helped them to successfully quit. Two separate focus groups were conducted of smokers (nā€‰=ā€‰6) and ex-smokers (nā€‰=ā€‰9) who worked at the Department of Justice. Results indicated that the key factors for both ex-smokers and smokers were social factors-family and coworkers. Participants viewed family support as fundamental to successful quitting. Smokers mentioned that the Justice Department could help them stop smoking by eliciting the support of ex-smoking coworkers. Major barriers to quitting were workplace stress and the presence of other smokers. In conclusion, family members and ex-smoking coworkers can play an important role in worksite smoking cessation programs in Costa Rica.


    Robert H Feldman, Alfonso Villalobos, Roberto Rodriguez. Promoting Smoking Cessation in Costa Rica: A Focus Group Study of Smokers and Ex-Smokers. International quarterly of community health education. 2020 Jul;40(4):331-336

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