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Interest in self-help materials among a general population sample of smokers

Authors
Journal
Addictive Behaviors
0306-4603
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
28
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0306-4603(01)00274-x
Keywords
  • Tobacco
  • Smokers
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Self-Help

Abstract

Abstract Previous studies have shown that self-help materials can be effective in helping people quit smoking. However, it is not known what proportion of smokers in the general population are interested in this method of cessation. A representative sample of 267 daily smokers participated in a random digit dialing telephone survey. Respondents were asked about their level of interest in self-help materials that would help them quit smoking. Potential predictors of level of interest were examined first through bivariate analyses, followed by a multinomial logistic regression. Of daily smokers, 27% were very interested in receiving a self-help booklet, 28% were somewhat interested, and 45% were not at all interested. Interest in self-help materials was positively related to intent to quit in the next 6 months and to low family income.

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