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Psychol Addict Behav. 2002 Sep;16(3):264-8.

Depressive symptoms and readiness to quit smoking among cigarette smokers in outpatient alcohol treatment.

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Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Brown Medical School, The Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, USA.


The authors examined whether length of alcohol abstinence and depressive symptoms were related to motivational readiness to consider smoking cessation among patients in alcohol treatment. Participants were adults (N = 253) enrolled in a smoking cessation trial. Controlling for gender, depressive symptoms, and nicotine dependence, hierarchical regression analysis of readiness scores revealed a significant interaction of days since last drink and depressive symptoms. It was found that a greater number of days since last drink was associated with greater readiness, but only among patients with low scores on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (L. S. Radloff, 1977). The findings suggest that alcoholic smokers with low depressive symptoms are more receptive to quitting smoking after sustained alcohol abstinence.

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