Thursday, February 18, 2010

Smoking reduction increases the probability of future cessation

With the introduction of gory images on cigarette packs, smokers are beginning to realize that smoking is a slow and for many a painful way to die. But will these scary pictures stop people lighting up?

Many smokers think about giving up and yet continue to puff away oblivious to the dangers they are exposing their nearest and dearest to with their secondhand and thirdhand smoke.

Passive smoking causes lower respiratory illness in children and lung cancer in adults and contributes to the symptoms of asthma in children. Click Here for more gory details.

Quit smoking as soon as you can. If you find the going tough. Here’s a clinically proven fact to help keep you going.

In a qualitative review of 19 studies on smoking reduction in individuals who did not want to quit, researchers at the University of Vermont found this method, typically coupled with the use of nicotine replacement products, led to an increase in quitting in 16 of the studies.

This review contradicts the commonly held belief that quitting requires stopping abruptly and provides evidence that smokers can quit successfully by reducing the amount of cigarettes smoked. Furthermore, it indicates cutting back is often a great way to start changing smoking that can lead to eventual quitting.

Lead author John Hughes, however, warns that smokers do need to understand that there is no good evidence that cutting back alone decreases smoking-related health risks and thus health care providers should promote reduction only as a step towards eventual cessation to their patients.

Hughes JR, Carpenter MJ. Does smoking reduction increase future cessation and decrease disease risk? A qualitative review. Nicotine Tob Res. 2006 Dec;8(6):739-49.

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