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What does it mean to want to quit?
Drug Alcohol Rev. 2008 Jan; 27(1):21-7.DA

Abstract

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS

To report on the prevalence of attitudes and beliefs about the importance of wanting to quit and need for use of cessation assistance, that may act as barriers to quitting smoking and adopting cessation assistance.

DESIGN AND METHODS

National telephone survey of 802 randomly selected adults (685 smokers, 117 recent quitters).

RESULTS

Seventy per cent of smokers believed that 'wanting to quit' was both a necessary and sufficient condition for being able to quit. While only one-third of smokers believed that they were too addicted to be able to quit, only a quarter believed they could quit any time they want to. Belief that use of cessation assistance is a sign of weakness was endorsed by 35% of participants, and related to stage of change.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS

Beliefs about the importance of wanting to quit are commonly held. Many smokers appear to believe that a rational, unambivalent desire to quit is needed before it is worthwhile trying. Short-term impulses to act are not perceived as sufficient. The role of cessation assistance in helping smokers form a rational desire to quit appears to be poorly understood by the majority of smokers. There is a need to engender greater understanding of the potential value of cessation aids to smokers experiencing ambivalence about wanting to quit.

Authors+Show Affiliations

VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control, The Cancer Council Victoria, Victoria, Australia.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18034378

Citation

Balmford, James, and Ron Borland. "What Does It Mean to Want to Quit?" Drug and Alcohol Review, vol. 27, no. 1, 2008, pp. 21-7.
Balmford J, Borland R. What does it mean to want to quit? Drug Alcohol Rev. 2008;27(1):21-7.
Balmford, J., & Borland, R. (2008). What does it mean to want to quit? Drug and Alcohol Review, 27(1), 21-7.
Balmford J, Borland R. What Does It Mean to Want to Quit. Drug Alcohol Rev. 2008;27(1):21-7. PubMed PMID: 18034378.
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TY - JOUR T1 - What does it mean to want to quit? AU - Balmford,James, AU - Borland,Ron, PY - 2007/11/24/pubmed PY - 2008/2/15/medline PY - 2007/11/24/entrez SP - 21 EP - 7 JF - Drug and alcohol review JO - Drug Alcohol Rev VL - 27 IS - 1 N2 - INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: To report on the prevalence of attitudes and beliefs about the importance of wanting to quit and need for use of cessation assistance, that may act as barriers to quitting smoking and adopting cessation assistance. DESIGN AND METHODS: National telephone survey of 802 randomly selected adults (685 smokers, 117 recent quitters). RESULTS: Seventy per cent of smokers believed that 'wanting to quit' was both a necessary and sufficient condition for being able to quit. While only one-third of smokers believed that they were too addicted to be able to quit, only a quarter believed they could quit any time they want to. Belief that use of cessation assistance is a sign of weakness was endorsed by 35% of participants, and related to stage of change. DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONS: Beliefs about the importance of wanting to quit are commonly held. Many smokers appear to believe that a rational, unambivalent desire to quit is needed before it is worthwhile trying. Short-term impulses to act are not perceived as sufficient. The role of cessation assistance in helping smokers form a rational desire to quit appears to be poorly understood by the majority of smokers. There is a need to engender greater understanding of the potential value of cessation aids to smokers experiencing ambivalence about wanting to quit. SN - 1465-3362 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18034378/What_does_it_mean_to_want_to_quit L2 - https://doi.org/10.1080/09595230701710829 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -