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Addiction. 2010 Jul;105(7):1299-302. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.02980.x.

Unplanned attempts to quit smoking: a qualitative exploration.

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UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.



To gain a greater understanding of the process of unplanned attempts to quit smoking and the use of support in such attempts.


Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with 20 smokers and ex-smokers.


Twenty-four general practices in Nottinghamshire, UK. Participants Smokers and ex-smokers who reported that their most recent attempt to quit smoking was unplanned.


Descriptions of the unplanned quit attempts and reported use of support within these.


Smokers who report making 'unplanned' quit attempts exhibit substantial variation in what they mean by this; many quit attempts reported as 'unplanned' were actually delayed and involved some planning and use of cessation support.


Reported 'unplanned' quit attempts often involve elements of planning and delay for quitters to access to cessation support. It is important, therefore, that smoking cessation services offer flexible and adaptable support which can be used readily by potential quitters.

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