Quitting Trajectories of Chinese Youth Smokers Following Telephone Smoking Cessation Counseling
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Wong DC, Chan SS, Fong
DY, Leung AY, Lam DO, Lam TH. Nicotine Tob Res. 2011 Sep;13(9):848-59. Epub 2011
This study examined the quitting trajectories
of Chinese youth smokers after they received quitline services. 402 Chinese
youth smokers (ages 12-25) were included in the study. Three distinct quitting
trajectory groups were identified: quitters, reducers, and persistent smokers.
Study participants who intended to quit at baseline, perceived confidence to
quit, and perceived importance of quitting were more likely to have successfully
quit smoking at six-month follow-up. Those who had pro-smoking attitudes were
less likely to have quit. The authors conclude that short-term goals such as an
abrupt quit attempt or immediately reducing cigarette consumption by half may be
the key to help youth smokers quit successfully.