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Quitting Trajectories of Chinese Youth Smokers Following Telephone Smoking Cessation Counseling

Thursday, March 8, 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 May 12.
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.

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