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Gradual Reduction of Cigarette Consumption as a Cessation Strategy: Prevalence, Correlates, and

Thursday, May 14, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Gillian Schauer, MPH, Ann Malacher, PhD, Stephen Babb, MPH.
Gradual Reduction of Cigarette Consumption as a Cessation Strategy: Prevalence, Correlates, and Relationship With Quitting.
Nicotine Tob Res (2015) 17 (5): 530-538 doi:10.1093/ntr/ntu172
 
Gradually reducing cigarette consumption is an approach used to quit smoking, but has not been widely studied at a population level. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence and demographic characteristics of US adult smokers with tried to reduce to quit, and the relationship between reducing and successful quitting.
 
Among adults who tried to quit smoking in the past year, 43.0% (n=5,444) tried reducing to quit. Compared to those who tried to quit without reducing consumption, those reducing to quit had a significantly higher prevalence of using counseling or medication (40.2% vs. 25.0%). Reducing to quit was negatively associated with successful past-year quitting (AOR=0.59,95%CI=0.48,0.72).


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