Smoking Cessation Tools and Strategies

Goals

Determine various tools and strategies around the world that can help smokers quit. The information will be used to gain some insights on the habit.

Early Findings

SMOKING CESSATION STRATEGIES

  • Majority of former smokers were able to stop the habit without availing of scientifically-proven treatments.
  • Nevertheless, there are some treatments that have been confirmed to be effective for those who want to drop the vice.
  • The proven treatments include the following:
  • Quick advice from doctors, "telephone counseling, behavioral therapies, longer counseling sessions, programs that deliver treatments through mobile phones."
  • Some medications that have been proven to greatly help those who want to quit smoking are "nicotine replacement products" such as gums, lozenges, OTC nicotine patches. With regard to effective prescription non-nicotine medication, some options include "bupropion SR (Zyban®) and varenicline tartrate (Chantix®). "
  • The Willingness to Quit (WTQ) tool was built to assess the smoker's willingness to kick the habit during consultation sessions with their doctors.
  • Based on a study done on multiple patients, the tool is "content valid" in those who currently smoke.
  • The tool can also drive the conversation between the patients and their doctors around customized cessation techniques.

MOST FREQUENTLY USED WAYS TO STOP SMOKING

  • Based on a survey, the following are the most popular method in the US to kick the habit: slowly decreasing their cigarette consumption - 37.5%; going cold turkey - 33.8%; using electronic cigarettes - 23.8%; using nicotine patches - 21.3%; and taking in prescription drugs such as Chantix - 21.3%.

PERCEPTION ON VARIOUS TECHNIQUES

Gradual Decrease of Cigarette Use

Cold Turkey Method

E-cigarettes or Vaping

Proposed next steps:

You need to be the project owner to select a next step.