Journal article

The challenge of embracing a smoke-free lifestyle: a neglected area in smoking cessation programs

CJ Segan, R Borland, A Hannan, S Stillman

HEALTH EDUCATION RESEARCH | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

Relapse prevention theory and practice has focussed on teaching coping skills to deal with withdrawal and temptations to relapse with the result that treatments appear to be effective in reducing relapse over the short term, but not over the longer term. Once cravings subside ex-smokers face a further task of adjusting to a smoke-free lifestyle that involves learning to think and act like a non-smoker. To highlight this task, we operationalized a new conceptual framework that describes three tasks of quitting (the 3Ts): (i) making a quit attempt; (ii) learning to effectively deal with cravings and withdrawal; and (iii) adapting to a smoke-free lifestyle. This was introduced to the Quitline s..

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