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Prev Med. 2013 Oct;57(4):372-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.06.020. Epub 2013 Jun 26.

Perceived risks to smoking cessation among treatment-seeking French light smokers.

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Université Paris Descartes, Sorbonne Paris Cité, 15 rue de l'Ecole de Médecine, F-75006, Paris, France. Electronic address: moniquebaha@yahoo.fr.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study investigated perceived risks to cessation expressed by light smokers and the association with cessation outcomes at one month post-quit date.

METHOD:

Data from adult light smokers attending French smoking cessation services nationwide between October 2007 and December 2010 were analyzed, retrospectively. In order to identify perceived risks, we performed a thematic analysis of answers to an open-ended question. Bivariate analysis and multivariate logistic modelling were used to assess predictors of abstinence and relapse.

RESULTS:

Eleven themes were identified, among which weight concerns were the most important for women while men cited withdrawal most often. A protective effect of nicotine replacement therapy prescription on cessation was uncovered among men concerned about withdrawal as well as weight-concerned women. Fear of depression and need for moral support doubled the odds of relapse for women only.

CONCLUSIONS:

Considering the growing prevalence of light smokers in the general population, our findings suggest the importance of taking into account perceived risks to quitting. Without adapted treatment and counselling, they represent significant barriers to abstinence for treatment seeking light smokers.

KEYWORDS:

Light smokers; Nicotine replacement therapy; Perceived risks; Relapse; Smoking cessation

PMID:
23811526
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2013.06.020
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