rds184268Background: The prevalence of tobacco smoking among homeless people can reach more than 90%, with related
morbidity and mortality being high. However, research in this area is scarce. This study aims to explore smoking and
quitting related behaviours, experiences and knowledge in homeless smokers in the context of other substance abuse.

Methods: Face-to-face interviews were conducted with homeless smokers accessing a harm reduction service in
Nottingham, UK. Data on smoking history, nicotine dependence, motivation and confidence to quit were collected
using structured instruments; a semi-structured interview guide was used to elicit responses to predefined subject
areas, and to encourage the emergence of unprecedented themes. Data were analysed using framework analysis and
descriptive statistics.

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