Implementation of a personalized workplace smoking cessation programme
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Occup Med (Lond). 2013
Dec;63(8):568-74. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqt121. Epub 2013 Nov 7.
This study evaluated the effectiveness of a workplace-based
tailored smoking cessation programme that combined telephone-based counselling
with group behaviour therapy sessions in helping employees to quit. A smoking
cessation programme was offered to employees of a large corporation that is
responsible for the passenger rail network in New South Wales (NSW), Australia.
Intention-to-treat analysis indicated 22% of participants achieved 7 day point
prevalence abstinence and 10% achieved 3 month prolonged abstinence at the 6
month follow-up. Over 75% of those still smoking at follow-up reported
intentions to quit in the next 6 months. Psychological distress was also
significantly lower at 6 month follow-up. Participants reported high levels of
satisfaction with the programme. The smoking cessation programme successfully
assisted employees to quit smoking.