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Smoking Cessation

Research Spotlight

The databases often return hundreds of medical studies for a single wellness approach. This section summarizes a sampling of five studies – providing just a taste of the available research. These Spotlights were not selected because they are the most favorable or the most recent, but to provide you an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover searching the four databases found in the “Research” section of this site.

  • Oxford Meta-Analysis Details Success Rates of Cash- and Deposit-Based Rewards
    Results of a University of Oxford (UK) meta-analysis of 8,500 adult smokers revealed that financial incentives to quit generally carried higher sustained success rates when 1.) subjects were required to make a cash deposit (refundable upon quitting, along with additional cash incentive); and 2.) when the cash reward was significantly higher.
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  • Workplace Can Help Employees Stop Smoking
    A Cochrane review (2014, 57 studies) concludes the workplace is an effective setting for helping people stop smoking, and that there’s strong evidence for individual coaching and group pharmacological treatment.
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  • Mobile Devices Can Aid Smoking Cessation
    A Cochrane review (2012, 5 studies of 9,000+ people) found that mobile phone interventions (i.e. text messages offering motivation/advice) help people quit smoking over usual care, and these benefits are sustained at least 6 months later.
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  • Medication in Tandem with Behavioral Support Ups Cessation Success Rate
    Two Cochrane reviews (2012, 41 studies and 20,000 people) concluded that medication plus behavioral support increases the chances of a smoker quitting by 70-100% - recommending the combined approach, although few smokers use it.
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  • Sustained Exercise Program Can Boost Abstinence Rates
    A randomized controlled trial (2014) comparing smokers that received a 12-week exercise intervention vs. 12 weeks of health education found that those in the exercise group demonstrated significantly higher abstinence rates (and at 6- and 12-month follow-ups), as well as fewer depressive symptoms during cessation.
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