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Use of Smoking Reduction Strategies Among U.S. Tobacco Quitlines

Thursday, February 9, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Asfar T, Ebbert JO, Klesges RC, Klosky JL. Addictive Behavior. 2012 Jan 25. [Epub ahead of print]
This study described existing quitline counseling interventions for smokers who do not quit on their target quit date (TQD) and do not set a new TQD after missing their TQD. All 14 quitline service providers for 50 publicly-funded quitlines in the U.S. were surveyed by telephone. Results showed that all providers recommended setting a new TQD if smokers did not achieve smoking cessation by their initial TQD. The providers for six percent of US state quitlines used motivational interviewing techniques to emphasize the "5R’s” (relevance, risk, rewards, roadblocks, repetition), but the vast majority (providers for 90% of US state quitlines) emphasized reducing the amount and frequency of smoking. The authors conclude that research is needed to evaluate the efficacy of smoking rate reduction methods implemented through quitlines for increasing smoking quit rates.

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