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Estimating the number of quit attempts it takes to quit smoking successfully in a longitudinal cohort of smokers

Overview of attention for article published in BMJ Open, June 2016
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Title
Estimating the number of quit attempts it takes to quit smoking successfully in a longitudinal cohort of smokers
Published in
BMJ Open, June 2016
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011045
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Michael Chaiton, Lori Diemert, Joanna E Cohen, Susan J Bondy, Peter Selby, Anne Philipneri, Robert Schwartz, Chaiton, Michael, Diemert, Lori, Cohen, Joanna E, Bondy, Susan J, Selby, Peter, Philipneri, Anne, Schwartz, Robert

Abstract

The number of quit attempts it takes a smoker to quit successfully is a commonly reported figure among smoking cessation programmes, but previous estimates have been based on lifetime recall in cross-sectional samples of successful quitters only. The purpose of this study is to improve the estimate of number of quit attempts prior to quitting successfully. We used data from 1277 participants who had made an attempt to quit smoking in the Ontario Tobacco Survey, a longitudinal survey of smokers followed every 6 months for up to 3 years beginning in 2005. We calculated the number of quit attempts prior to quitting successfully under four different sets of assumptions. Our expected best set of assumptions incorporated a life table approach accounting for the declining success rates for subsequent observed quit attempts in the cohort. The estimated average number of quit attempts expected before quitting successfully ranged from 6.1 under the assumptions consistent with prior research, 19.6 using a constant rate approach, 29.6 using the method with the expected lowest bias, to 142 using an approach including previous recall history. Previous estimates of number of quit attempts required to quit may be underestimating the average number of attempts as these estimates excluded smokers who have greater difficulty quitting and relied on lifetime recall of number of attempts. Understanding that for many smokers it may take 30 or more quit attempts before being successful may assist with clinical expectations.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 1 3%
Switzerland 1 3%
Unknown 36 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Doctoral Student 7 18%
Other 6 16%
Student > Bachelor 5 13%
Student > Master 4 11%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 11%
Other 12 32%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 15 39%
Psychology 7 18%
Nursing and Health Professions 4 11%
Unspecified 3 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 2 5%
Other 7 18%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 661. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 May 2017.
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#3,988
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#2
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