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The Cost Effectiveness of Telephone Counseling to Aid Smoking Cessation in Denmark

Wednesday, April 10, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Rasmussen SR. Scand J Public Health. 2013 Feb;41(1):4-10. Epub 2012 Nov 16.

This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of the Danish quitline. Based on 2001 evaluation results of quitline continued abstinence rates over a 12-month period (19.0%) and point-prevalence abstinence at 12 month follow-up (29.7%), costs per life year saved (LYS) were calculated. Annual quitline operating costs were divided by the total number of LYS (difference between current smokers’ and ex-smokers’ life expectancies according to age group and gender). Results showed that the costs per LYS ranged between 137 euros and 1199 euros. For comparison, the average costs per LYS of smoking cessation interventions in other Danish settings are 1592 euros. The authors conclude that the Danish quitline appears to be cost-effective compared to other Danish smoking cessation interventions.

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