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J Am Coll Health. 2008 Sep-Oct;57(2):245-8. doi: 10.3200/JACH.57.2.245-248.

Internet and mobile phone text messaging intervention for college smokers.

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NIMH, Bethesda, MD 20892-9615, USA. wiriley@mail.nih.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The authors developed a smoking cessation program using mobile phone text messaging to provide tailored and stage-specific messages to college smokers.

PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS:

The authors recruited 31 daily smokers who desired to quit from a college campus and asked them to use an Internet and mobile phone text messaging program to quit smoking.

RESULTS:

Six weeks after program initiation, 45% reported abstinence with 42% abstinent based on cotinine verification. Continued smokers reported significantly reduced smoking rates and dependence. Overall, participants accepted the text messages.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results replicate findings from an earlier study and indicate that mobile phone text messaging is a potentially efficacious and easily disseminated method for providing cessation interventions to young adult smokers.

PMID:
18809542
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.57.2.245-248
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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