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Glob Adv Health Med. 2019 Apr 30;8:2164956119847117. doi: 10.1177/2164956119847117. eCollection 2019.

Cessation Attitudes and Preferences in Head and Neck Cancer Patients and Implications for Cessation Program Design: A Brief Report.

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1
Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
2
Department of Public Health Sciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina.
3
Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Abstract

Introduction:

This brief report examined prior cessation attempts, attitudes toward nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and interests in cessation interventions among head and neck cancer (HNC) patients with a recent smoking history (current smokers and recent quitters).

Methods:

Forty-two HNC patients scheduled for major surgery who reported current or recent (quit <6 months) cigarette smoking participated. Participants completed a survey to assess smoking status, prior cessation attempts, attitudes toward NRT, and interest in and preferences for cessation interventions.

Results:

Patients attempted to quit smoking on average 3.2 times in the past 12 months. Most patients (65.8%) reported that NRT products help people quit, with 42.5% reporting ever using cessation aids/services. Most patients (81.8%) reported interest in a smoking cessation program. Current smokers and recent quitters reported similar cessation attempts, attitudes toward NRT, and interest in smoking cessation interventions.

Discussion:

Cancer center-based smoking cessation interventions are needed for current smokers and recent quitters maintaining cessation.

KEYWORDS:

cessation program; current smokers; head and neck cancer; intervention; recent quitters; tobacco cessation

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