Ferguson, SG and Brown, J and Frandsen, M and West, R, Associations between use of pharmacological aids in a smoking cessation attempt and subsequent quitting activity: a population study, Addiction, 110, (3) pp. 513-518. ISSN 0965-2140 (2014) [Refereed Article]
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Background and Aims: Modelling the population impact and cost-effectiveness of smoking cessation aids is limited by lack of knowledge about how the use of aids changes across quit attempts. Here we test whether the quit method used in a previous attempt influences (i) future decisions to quit and/or (ii) treatment/s used during subsequent attempts.
Design and Setting: Data came from the Smoking Toolkit Study, a United Kingdom national household survey.
Participants and Measures: Smokers (n = 5489) who completed a baseline and 6-month follow-up questionnaire. Respondents were asked what treatment/s, grouped as: prescription medication/s [bupropion, varenicline or nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)], over-the-counter NRT or unaided that they had used in their most recent quit attempt (at baseline), and any use of treatment/s for a quit attempt in the last 3 months at follow-up.
Results: Smokers who had tried to quit at baseline were more likely to report having tried to quit again prior to follow-up [all odds ratios ≥ 2.19 relative to no attempt at baseline, P < 0.001]. Smokers who tried to quit using pharmacological aids were more likely to try to quit again at follow-up (all ORs ≥ 2.19 relative to no attempt at baseline, P < 0.001). Smokers tended to re-try aids used in baseline attempts in future attempts (all ORs ≥ 1.48 relative to no attempt at baseline, P < 0.01).
Conclusions: Smokers who have tried to quit in the past year are more likely to try to quit again within 6 months regardless of whether they used a pharmacological aid, and they are more likely to re-try aids they had used previously.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||behavioural support, bupropion, cessation medication, modelling, nicotine replacement therapy, quitting behaviour smoking cessation, varenicline|
|Research Division:||Psychology and Cognitive Sciences|
|Research Field:||Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology|
|Objective Group:||Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)|
|Objective Field:||Substance Abuse|
|Author:||Ferguson, SG (Associate Professor Stuart Ferguson)|
|Author:||Frandsen, M (Dr Mai Frandsen)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||3|
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