Show simple item record Falba, T Jofre-Bonet, M Busch, S Duchovny, N Sindelar, J
dc.coverage.spatial England 2010-12-08T20:57:23Z 2004-01
dc.identifier 574
dc.identifier.citation Addiction, 2004, 99 (1), pp. 93 - 102
dc.identifier.issn 0965-2140
dc.description.abstract AIM: To examine whether smokers who reduce their quantity of cigarettes smoked between two periods are more or less likely to quit subsequently. STUDY DESIGN: Data come from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative survey of older Americans aged 51-61 in 1991 followed every 2 years from 1992 to 1998. The 2064 participants smoking at baseline and the first follow-up comprise the main sample. MEASUREMENTS: Smoking cessation by 1996 is examined as the primary outcome. A secondary outcome is relapse by 1998. Spontaneous changes in smoking quantity between the first two waves make up the key predictor variables. Control variables include gender, age, education, race, marital status, alcohol use, psychiatric problems, acute or chronic health problems and smoking quantity. FINDINGS: Large (over 50%) and even moderate (25-50%) reductions in quantity smoked between 1992 and 1994 predict prospectively increased likelihood of cessation in 1996 compared to no change in quantity (OR 2.96, P<0.001 and OR 1.61, P<0.01, respectively). Additionally, those who reduced and then quit were somewhat less likely to relapse by 1998 than those who did not reduce in the 2 years prior to quitting. CONCLUSIONS: Reducing successfully the quantity of cigarettes smoked appears to have a beneficial effect on future cessation likelihood, even after controlling for initial smoking level and other variables known to impact smoking cessation. These results indicate that the harm reduction strategy of reduced smoking warrants further study.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (no. 039787), as part of the Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center at Yale. en_US
dc.format.extent 93 - 102
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Addiction
dc.subject Female
dc.subject Follow-Up Studies
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Logistic Models
dc.subject Male
dc.subject Middle Aged
dc.subject Prognosis
dc.subject Smoking
dc.subject Smoking Cessation
dc.subject United States
dc.title Reduction of quantity smoked predicts future cessation among older smokers.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.department Economics
pubs.issue 1
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Trinity College of Arts & Sciences/Economics
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 99

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