Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(7), 2896-2902; doi:10.3390/ijerph7072896
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Future Intentions Regarding Quitting and Reducing Cigarette Use in a Representative Sample of Canadian Daily Smokers: Implications for Public Health Initiatives

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 33 Russell St., Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2S1, Canada
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Received: 20 June 2010; in revised form: 7 July 2010 / Accepted: 16 July 2010 / Published: 19 July 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco Smoking: Public Health, Science and Policy)
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Abstract: Pre-cessation reduction is associated with quitting smoking. However, many smokers reduce the amount consumed but may not quit altogether. Using a representative sample of adult current daily smokers, this project explored future intentions of smokers regarding cigarette consumption. This information is important because it can provide a framework within which to plan tobacco cessation initiatives. A random digit dialing telephone survey was conducted of 889 Canadian current daily smokers, 18 years and older. The response rate was 65% (of households with a smoker in residence, 65% agreed to participate). Analyses focused on the 825 respondents who smoked at least 10 cigarettes per day at some point in their lives. As part of this survey, respondents were asked their future plans about their smoking (maintain, increase, reduce, quit). Of these 825 respondents, the majority of respondents had plans to change their cigarette use, with 55% planning to quit, 18.8% to reduce and 22.5% to maintain the amount they smoked (3.4% did not know and 2 respondents planned to increase). Most smokers who planned to reduce their smoking saw it as a step towards quitting smoking completely. These results present a picture of smokers, the majority of whom appear to be in some form of transition. Many smokers planned to reduce, of which the overwhelming majority saw their reduction as a step towards quitting. Opportunities exist to capitalize on these intentions to change in efforts to promote tobacco cessation.
Keywords: tobacco cessation; smoking reduction; epidemiology; population survey

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Cunningham, J.A.; Selby, P.L. Future Intentions Regarding Quitting and Reducing Cigarette Use in a Representative Sample of Canadian Daily Smokers: Implications for Public Health Initiatives. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 2896-2902.

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Cunningham JA, Selby PL. Future Intentions Regarding Quitting and Reducing Cigarette Use in a Representative Sample of Canadian Daily Smokers: Implications for Public Health Initiatives. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7(7):2896-2902.

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Cunningham, John A.; Selby, Peter L. 2010. "Future Intentions Regarding Quitting and Reducing Cigarette Use in a Representative Sample of Canadian Daily Smokers: Implications for Public Health Initiatives." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 7, no. 7: 2896-2902.

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