A recently published study examined whether race/ethnicity and use of smoking cessation aids are associated with the duration of the last serious quit attempt and reductions in cigarette consumption among long-term daily smokers who tried and failed to quit smoking during the preceding year. Data came from the 2010-2011 Tobacco Use Supplement survey conducted in the USA, and analyses included long-term daily smokers (i.e., smokers who smoked daily for 1 year or longer) who made at least one serious quit attempt in the past 12 months.
About 39% of these smokers used at least one smoking cessation aid during their last quit attempt.
Use of aids was significantly lower for non-Hispanic Black (NHB, 29%) and Hispanic (HISP, 29%) smokers than for non-Hispanic White (NHW, 42%) smokers, possibly due to differences in socioeconomic status and access to healthcare for smoking cessation.
The effect of using any aids on mean cigarette reduction and duration of the last long quit attempt (i.e., one that lasted a day or more) was similar across race/ethnicity.
Using any aids did not substantially influence mean cigarette reduction but was positively associated with duration of the quit attempt: the duration was 6 days longer when aids were used than when smokers attempted to quit unassisted.
Race/ethnicity was significantly associated with mean cigarette reduction; non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaska Native smokers had the highest mean reduction among the racial/ethnic groups considered.
The researchers concluded that use of aids may help increase duration of quit attempts and thus, may increase likelihood of quitting successfully in the near future.
Source: Soulakova & Crockett (2017). Level of cigarette consumption and duration of smoking abstinence during failed quit attempts among long-term daily smokers: The role of race/ethnicity and cessation aids. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Apr 25. doi: 10.1007/s40615-017-0370-0. [Epub ahead of print]
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