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Providing accurate safety information may increase a smoker's willingness to use nicotine replacement therapy as part of a quit attempt


Ferguson, SG and Gitchell, JG and Shiffman, S and Sembower, MA and Rohay, JM and Allen, J, Providing accurate safety information may increase a smoker's willingness to use nicotine replacement therapy as part of a quit attempt, Addictive Behaviors: An International Journal, 36, (7) pp. 713-716. ISSN 0306-4603 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2011.02.002


Aim: Previous studies have reported that smokers who are misinformed about the safety of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) are less likely to report using it. In this study, we examined whether providing information that counters these concerns might impact on intentions to use NRT. Participants: 900 smokers recruited from a market research database. Design and setting: Participants completed an online survey that asked about their views about NRT. Smokers with safety and efficacy concerns were queried to determine whether accurate information might increase their interest in using NRT. Findings: Misperceptions of NRT safetywere common: 93% of smokers did not knowthatsmoking while wearing the nicotine patch does not cause heart attacks; 76% that nicotine gum/lozenge are not as addictive as cigarettes; and 69% that NRT products are not as dangerous as cigarettes. Over half of the smokers with misperceptions reported that they would be more likely to use NRT to help them quit smoking if they were exposed to information correcting their concerns (53%, 58% and 66%, respectively, for each of the misperceptions). Conclusions: These data suggest that while a sizeable proportion of smokers are still misinformed about the safety of NRT, misinformed smokers would increase consideration of NRT if these misperceptions are addressed by corrective information.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Nicotine replacement therapy, NRT, Nicotine, Smoking cessation, Misperceptions
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Preventive medicine
UTAS Author:Ferguson, SG (Professor Stuart Ferguson)
ID Code:69351
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:56
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2011-04-20
Last Modified:2012-11-15
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