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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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125 news outlets
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8 blogs
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165 tweeters
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7 Facebook pages
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1 Google+ user

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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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Authors

Michael Chaiton, Lori Diemert, Joanna E Cohen, Susan J Bondy, Peter Selby, Anne Philipneri, Robert Schwartz

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 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Unknown 278 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 36 13%
Student > Bachelor 34 12%
Student > Master 28 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 27 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 9%
Other 65 23%
Unknown 66 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 68 24%
Psychology 35 12%
Nursing and Health Professions 25 9%
Social Sciences 11 4%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 9 3%
Other 55 20%
Unknown 79 28%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1156. 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 05 August 2022.
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#9,241
of 21,792,852 outputs
Outputs from BMJ Open
#17
of 21,183 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#153
of 281,529 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMJ Open
#2
of 380 outputs
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