Tag Archives: smoking cessation

The Global Research Neglect of Unassisted Smoking Cessation

As with problem drinking, gambling, and narcotics use population studies show consistently that a large majority of smokers who permanently stop smoking do so without any form of assistance. In 2003, some 20 years after the introduction of cessation pharmacotherapies, smokers trying to stop unaided in the past year were twice as numerous as those using pharmacotherapies and only 8.8% of US quit attempters used a behavioural treatment. Moreover, despite the pharmaceutical industry’s efforts to promote pharmacologically mediated cessation and numerous clinical trials demonstrating the efficacy of pharmacotherapy, the most common method used by most people who have successfully stopped smoking remains unassisted cessation (cold turkey or reducing before quitting. In 1986, the American Cancer Society reported that: “Over 90% of the estimated 37 million people who have stopped smoking in this country since the Surgeon General’s first report linking smoking to cancer have done so unaided.”. Today, unassisted cessation continues to lead the next most successful method (nicotine replacement therapy [NRT]) by a wide margin.

Curbing Military and Veteran Tobacco Use: Operation Cessation

The U.S. military has a long history with tobacco products. Cigarettes were issued in daily rations throughout World Wars I and II, tobacco in militaryand even into the Vietnam War. This unhealthy tradition came to a formal end in 1975, and today many military leaders hope that tobacco use will soon be just that—a thing of the past. The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched an online interactive tobacco cessation program that developers hope will help bring military tobacco use rates down.

Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation

Cigarette smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the United States. Full implementation of population-based strategies and clinical interventions can educate adult smokers about the dangers of tobacco use and assist them in quitting. To assess progress toward the Healthy People 2010 objective of reducing the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults to < 12% (objective 27-1a), CDC analyzed data from the 2008 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). This report summarizes the results of that analysis, which indicated that during 1998-2008, the proportion of U.S. adults who were current cigarette smokers declined 3.5% (from 24.1% to 20.6%). However, the proportion did not change significantly from 2007 (19.8%) to 2008 (20.6%). In 2008, adults aged ≥25 years with low educational attainment had the highest prevalence of smoking (41.3% among persons with a General Educational Development certificate [GED] and 27.5% among persons with less than a high school diploma, compared with 5.7% among those with a graduate degree). Adults with education levels at or below the equivalent of a high school diploma, who comprise approximately half of current smokers, had the lowest quit ratios (2008 range: 39.9% to 48.8%). Evidence-based programs known to be effective at reducing smoking should be intensified among groups with lower education, and health-care providers should take education level into account when communicating about smoking hazards and cessation to these patients.

Legacy and National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation Combine Paid Ads with PSAs for Maximum Impact

Washington, D.C., - With the latest research estimating that nearly six million people worldwide will lose their lives to tobacco next year[1], an innovative approach is critical to helping the 43 million Americans who smoke to finally quit. This month, new advertising that aims to help individuals do just that will begin airing on television and radio networks, as well as online and in ambient/out-of-home. The ads are part of the strategically targeted second year of EX®, a national quit smoking campaign sponsored by the National Alliance for Tobacco Cessation (NATC), a two-year old collaborative of state and national public health groups spearheaded by LegacySM, creators of the award-winning truth® youth smoking prevention campaign.

Development of Smoking Cessation Aid

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y.- 22nd Century Limited, LLC (“22nd Century”) is pleased to announce that it is continuing development of a very low nicotine cigarette for use in smoking cessation. Clinical trial results demonstrate that these cigarettes, also referred to as `nicotine-free` and `denicotinized,` may be more effective for quitting than FDA-approved therapies.

Government of Canada Announces Funding for Tobacco Cessation Programs

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, federal Minister of Labour, today announced funding for a project administered through The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT that is designed to reduce tobacco use among employees who work in industries with higher than average smoking rates. Today’s announcement is being made on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.

Smoking cessation course

Some of the biggest money paid to UW has been for its smoking cessation course, part of a national campaign funded by Pfizer.