Journal article

What does it mean to want to quit?

James Balmford, Ron Borland

Drug and Alcohol Review | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: To report on the prevalence of attitudes and beliefs about the importance of wanting to quit and need for use of cessation assistance, that may act as barriers to quitting smoking and adopting cessation assistance. DESIGN AND METHODS: National telephone survey of 802 randomly selected adults (685 smokers, 117 recent quitters). RESULTS: Seventy per cent of smokers believed that 'wanting to quit' was both a necessary and sufficient condition for being able to quit. While only one-third of smokers believed that they were too addicted to be able to quit, only a quarter believed they could quit any time they want to. Belief that use of cessation assistance is a sign of weak..

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