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Table 2 Univariate associations between crack use behaviours and related risks, and willingness to use a safe smoking facility (SSF)

From: Potential community and public health impacts of medically supervised safer smoking facilities for crack cocaine users

Willingness to Use a Safer Smoking Facility
Characteristic Yes No OR p-value
n(%) n(%) (95% CI)
Crack use history     
≥ 5 years 174 (57) 70 (56) 0.94 (0.62–1.44) 0.786
≥ 10 years 84 (28) 31 (25) 1.11 (0.90–1.57) 0.535
Daily crack cocaine use     
Yes vs. No 183 (60) 68 (51) 1.31 (1.00–1.73) 0.060
Crack bingeing     
Yes vs. No 228 (75) 77 (58) 2.25 (1.46–3.46) <0.001
Smoke crack in public places (ie, streets, alleys, parks)     
Yes vs. No 170 (56) 53 (40) 2.59 (1.79–3.12) 0.001
Smoke in a group of unknown people (ie, crack houses, alleys)     
Yes vs. No 157 (52) 44 (33) 2.20 (1.44–3.36) <0.001
Borrowed crack pipes     
Yes vs. No 212 (70) 76 (57) 2.78 (2.17–3.71) 0.007
Buy used pipes off the street     
Yes vs. No 48 (16) 10 (8) 2.34 (1.14–4.77) 0.017
Cocaine-induced psychosis/paranoia     
Yes vs. No 116 (38) 45 (33) 1.15 (0.85–1.56) 0.347
Felt in danger when smoking in public     
Yes vs. No 139 (46) 35 (26) 2.40 (1.53–3.75) <0.001
Rushed smoking due to police presence     
Yes vs. No 157 (52) 29 (22) 3.89 (2.44–6.22) <0.001
Inhaled brillo/burns due to rushing smoke     
Yes vs. No 121 (40) 12 (9) 4.45 (2.55–7.76) <0.001
Equipment confiscated or broken by police (without being arrested)     
Yes vs. No 159 (53) 44 (33) 2.26 (1.48–3.46) <0.001