College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Summer 8-22-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Anne Saw, PhD

Second Advisor

Antonio Polo, PhD

Third Advisor

Joanna Buscemi, PhD


Cigarette smoking continues to be a leading health problem in the United States and worldwide. Despite high prevalence rates among some subpopulations of Asians and Asian Americans, little attention has been focused on identifying effective smoking cessation interventions for this group. A meta-analysis examining effect sizes was conducted to test the hypothesis that smoking cessation interventions, overall, improve quit outcomes among Asians and Asian Americans. Factors associated with intervention effectiveness were explored through moderator analyses. Results show that overall, smoking cessation interventions are efficacious for Asians and Asian Americans (OR = 2.33). Moderator analyses revealed high intensity treatments and treatments with biochemical verification are associated with greater odds of cessation. Specific methods of cultural tailoring were not found to have a significant effect on smoking cessation outcomes. The present study has significant research, theoretical, and clinical implications for smoking cessation interventions targeting Asians and Asian Americans.

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