Hendricks investigates expectancies for smoking cessation and motivation to quit smoking among drug-involved smokers

Drug-involved smokers may be less motivated to quit smoking because they expect smoking cessation to result in negative outcomes, such as increased drug use. Peter S. Hendricks, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, recently studied non-treatment-seeking adult smokers who reported drug involvement, their expectancies for smoking cessation via the Smoking Abstinence Questionnaire (SAQ), and their motivation to quit smoking.

Analyses suggested that those reporting binge drinking, marijuana, cocaine, other stimulant, opiate, or barbiturate/other sedative involvement were less motivated to quit smoking because they were more likely to expect smoking cessation to produce negative outcomes.   

Study results imply that drug-involved smokers' greater expectancies for negative outcomes upon smoking cessation may discourage them from attempting to stop cigarette use. Dr. Hendricks concludes by encouraging interventions to counteract the notion that smoking cessation jeopardizes alcohol and other drug sobriety.

To read “Expectancies for Smoking Cessation among Drug-Involved Smokers: Implications for Clinical Practice,” to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, click here.