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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(3), 927-940; doi:10.3390/ijerph6030927
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Global Reach of an Internet Smoking Cessation Intervention among Spanish- and English-Speaking Smokers from 157 Countries

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1 University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, 1001 Potrero Avenue, Suite 7M, Box 0852, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA 2 University of California, San Francisco, Division of General Internal Medicine, 400 Parnassus Avenue, Suite 405, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA 3 University of California, San Francisco, Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Box 0128, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA 4 University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry, Box 0984, LPPI TRC, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA
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Received: 30 December 2008 / Accepted: 19 February 2009 / Published: 26 February 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smoking and Tobacco Control)
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Abstract

This investigation is a secondary analysis of demographic, smoking, and depression information in a global sample of Spanish- and English-speaking smokers who participated in a series of randomized controlled smoking cessation trials conducted via the Internet. The final sample consisted of 17,579 smokers from 157 countries. Smoking profiles were similar across languages and world regions and consistent with characteristics of participants in traditional smoking cessation studies. Participants were predominantly Spanish-speakers, evenly divided between men and women and relatively few indicated using traditional smoking cessation methods (e.g., groups or medication). This study demonstrates that substantial numbers of smokers from numerous countries seek Web-based smoking cessation resources and adds to the growing support for Web-assisted tobacco interventions as an additional tool to address the need for global smoking cessation efforts.
Keywords: Tobacco; smoking cessation; smoking behaviors; characteristics; Web-based; Internet; international; global Tobacco; smoking cessation; smoking behaviors; characteristics; Web-based; Internet; international; global
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Barrera, A.Z.; Pérez-Stable, E.J.; Delucchi, K.L.; Muñoz, R.F. Global Reach of an Internet Smoking Cessation Intervention among Spanish- and English-Speaking Smokers from 157 Countries. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 927-940.

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