Use and Effectiveness of Quitlines for Smokers with Diabetes: Cessation and Weight Outcomes
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Schauer GL, Bush T, Cerutti B, Mahoney L, Thompson JR,
Zbikowski SM. Prev Chronic Dis. 2013 Jul 3;10:E105. doi: 10.5888/pcd10.120324.
This study assessed the use and effectiveness of a tobacco
quitline among tobacco users with diabetes. Data from quitline users both with
and without diabetes were analyzed. Results showed that a higher proportion of
tobacco users with diabetes used the quitline than are represented in the
general population of smokers. There were no statistical differences in quit
rates between tobacco users with and without diabetes (24.3% vs. 22.5%). However, those with diabetes reported more weight
gain in previous quit attempts (34.2% vs. 22.4% gained more than 20 pounds, P =
0.03). The authors conclude that quitlines are effective for participants with
diabetes, but tailored interventions that address weight concerns during
cessation are needed.