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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.
Paul CL, McLennan J, Baxendale A, Schnelle B, Rawson J, Turon HE, Tzelepis F.


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. 

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