Journal article

To what extent do smokers make spontaneous quit attempts and what are the implications for smoking cessation maintenance? Findings from the International Tobacco Control Four country survey.

Jae Cooper, Ron Borland, Hua-Hie Yong, Ann McNeill, Rachael L Murray, Richard J O'Connor, K Michael Cummings

Nicotine & Tobacco Research | Published : 2010


AIM: To assess the extent to which quit attempts are spontaneous and to evaluate if this is a determinant of smoking cessation maintenance, with better control for memory effects. METHODS: We use data from 3,022 smokers who made quit attempts between Waves 4 and 5 and/or Waves 5 and 6 of the International Tobacco Control Four country survey. Outcomes (quitting for 6 months) were confirmed at the next wave for cases where the attempt began within the previous 6 months. We assessed the length of delay between the decision to quit and implementation and whether the attempt followed a "spur-of-the-moment" decision or some serious prior consideration. Outcomes were modeled using generalized estim..

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