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Smoking Cessation Support Delivered via Mobile Phone Text Messaging (txt2stop)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Free C, Knight R, Robertson S, Whittaker R, Edwards P, Zhou W, Rodgers A, Cairns J, Kenward M, Roberts I. Lancet. 2011 Jul 2;378(9785):49-55.

This study tested the effect of a text messaging smoking cessation intervention on quitting. Participants had quit status biochemically verified at six months. Smokers in the UK were randomized to a text-message cessation program (txt2stop) that contained motivational messages and behavioral-change support (2915 participants), or to a control group that received text messages unrelated to quitting (2885 participants). Results showed that quit rates were significantly higher in the txt2stop group (10.7%) than in the control group (4.9%) (p<0.0001). The authors conclude that the txt2stop smoking cessation program significantly improved quit rates at six months, and should be considered for inclusion in smoking cessation services.

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