Smoking Behaviours among People with Intellectual Disability

A programmatic approach to understanding the smoking behaviours of people with intellectual disability and potential interventions for reducing smoking rates.

People with disability are more likely to smoke and cease smoking at lower rates than people without disability. However, less information exists on smoking specifically among people with intellectual disability. Little is known about the reasons why people with an intellectual disability start smoking or barriers to smoking cessation. Understanding the factors influencing smoking behaviours among people with an intellectual disability will facilitate the design of more effective and appropriate policy responses to tobacco control health promotion initiatives.



Research Team:

George Disney, Research Fellow, Disability and Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Heath, University of Melbourne, NHMRC CRE in Disability and Health

Zoe Aitken, Research Fellow, Disability and Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Heath, University of Melbourne, NHMRC CRE in Disability and Health

Celia Green, Research Fellow, University of Western Sydney (Canberra), Disability and Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Heath, University of Melbourne (Honorary), NHMRC CRE in Disability and Health

Mellissa Kavenagh, Project Coordinator, Disability and Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Heath, University of Melbourne, NHMRC CRE in Disability and Health

Jerome Rachele, Research Fellow, Disability and Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Heath, University of Melbourne, NHMRC CRE in Disability and Health

Roger Stancliffe, Professor of Intellectual Disability, Centre for Disability Research and Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney NHMRC CRE in Disability and Health