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J Am Coll Health. 2010 Jan-Feb;58(4):365-72. doi: 10.1080/07448480903380268.

Abstinence and relapse rates following a college campus-based quit & win contest.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 55414, USA.



To conduct and evaluate Quit & Win contests at 2 2-year college and 2 4-year university campuses.


During Spring semester, 2006, undergraduates (N = 588) interested in quitting smoking signed up for a Quit & Win 30-day cessation contest for a chance to win a lottery prize.


Participants (N = 588) completed a baseline survey, provided a urine sample to verify smoking status before joining the contest, and completed a follow-up survey at contest end to assess abstinence. Participants reporting continuous 30-day abstinence were surveyed again 2 weeks post contest to assess relapse.


Participants smoked an average of 9.8 +/- 6.7 cigarettes/day on 26.7 +/- 5.7 days/month. Among participants completing a follow-up survey (74%), 72.1% reported abstinence during the entire contest period (Intent-to-Treat Analysis = 53.2%). 55.3% of those abstinent at the end of contest had resumed smoking 2 weeks post contest.


Campus Quit & Win contests appear feasible, acceptable, and effective at facilitating short-term abstinence. Further research is needed to identify strategies to prevent postcontest relapse.

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