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African American Participation and Success in Telephone Counseling for Smoking Cessation

Wednesday, August 10, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Rabius V, Wiatrek D, McAlister AL. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2011 Jul 20. [Epub ahead of print]

This study assessed how effectively African Americans are served by quitlines for smoking cessation based on empirical data from 45,510 callers from Texas, Louisiana, Washington, and District of Columbia and randomized clinical trial data from 3,522 participants. Results show that African Americans used a quitline at higher rates than their proportional representation among smokers. In addition, African Americans quit at the same rate, were equally satisfied, and completed the same number of sessions as non-Hispanic white callers. The authors conclude that telephone counseling is a promising tool for addressing health disparities related to smoking among African Americans.

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