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Behavioral Interventions Associated with Smoking Cessation in the Treatment of Tobacco Use

Roberts, Nicola J.; Kerr, Susan M.; Smith, Sheree M.S.


Susan M. Kerr

Sheree M.S. Smith


Tobacco smoke is the leading cause of preventable premature death worldwide. While the majority of smokers would like to stop, the habitual and addictive nature of smoking makes cessation difficult. Clinical guidelines suggest that smoking cessation interventions should include both behavioural support and pharmacotherapy (e.g. nicotine replacement therapy). This commentary paper focuses on the important role of behavioural interventions in encouraging and supporting smoking cessation attempts. Recent developments in the field are discussed, including ‘cut-down to quit’, the behaviour change techniques taxonomy (BCTT) and very brief advice (VBA) on smoking. The paper concludes with a discussion of the important role that health professionals can and should play in the delivery of smoking cessation interventions

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 1, 2013
Online Publication Date Aug 11, 2013
Publication Date 2013
Deposit Date Aug 30, 2022
Publicly Available Date Aug 31, 2022
Journal Health Services Insights
Electronic ISSN 1178-6329
Publisher Libertas Academica
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Keywords smoking cessation, theories of behaviour change, behaviour change techniques, brief advice, behavioural counselling, cut down to quit, health professionals
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