Efficacy of telephone quit-line for smokers in iran: 12 months follow up results

Gholamreza Heydari, Ginus Jianfar, Anahita Alvanpour, Zahra Hesami, Firouzeh Talischi, Mohammad Reza Masjedi

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Background: Smoking cessation is an effective intervention for cancer prevention. For some reasons many smokers cannot attend quit programs and they prefer to have a consultation over the phone. In this study we share our experience regarding setting up a quit-line for smoking cessation for the first time in Iran. Materials and Methods: Two general practitioners were trained to give consultation over the phone via quit line in Tehran. The quit program consisted of 4 sessions with 1 week interval. Our telephone counseling was both reactive and proactive from 8 AM till 5 PM during the years 2005 - 2008. In reactive counseling, the smoker initiates the call and speaks with a counselor about his/her current concerns. In proactive counseling, the counselor calls the smoker and provides counseling in a systematic manner. Smoking status was determined based on smokers' self-report and regular follow-ups were conducted after quitting. Some cases were randomly selected for CO respiratory test in order to confirm their abstinence. Results: A total of 480 cases entered the cessation program out of which, 80% were males. The mean age was 38.5±7.9 years, 72.7% of participants were married, 75.2% of subjects were educated and 51.3% of cases had high nicotine dependence. A total of 332 cases received a brief advice on quitting, 148 people continued their active participation to complete the course and 122 cases (82.4%) quitted smoking. The sustained abstinence rate after 1, 3, 6 and 12 months was 59%, 41%, 31% and 18%; respectively. Conclusion: This method is an appropriate and accessible method which can be suggested to smokers during smoking cessation counseling. (Tanaffos2011; 10(3): 42-48).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalTanaffos
Volume10
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 27 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Telephone
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Smoking Cessation
Referral and Consultation
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Tobacco Use Disorder
Carbon Monoxide
Self Report
General Practitioners
Neoplasms
Counselors

Keywords

  • Cessation
  • Iran
  • Quit-line
  • Smoking

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Heydari, G., Jianfar, G., Alvanpour, A., Hesami, Z., Talischi, F., & Masjedi, M. R. (2011). Efficacy of telephone quit-line for smokers in iran: 12 months follow up results. Tanaffos, 10(3), 42-48.

Efficacy of telephone quit-line for smokers in iran : 12 months follow up results. / Heydari, Gholamreza; Jianfar, Ginus; Alvanpour, Anahita; Hesami, Zahra; Talischi, Firouzeh; Masjedi, Mohammad Reza.

In: Tanaffos, Vol. 10, No. 3, 27.09.2011, p. 42-48.

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Heydari, G, Jianfar, G, Alvanpour, A, Hesami, Z, Talischi, F & Masjedi, MR 2011, 'Efficacy of telephone quit-line for smokers in iran: 12 months follow up results', Tanaffos, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 42-48.
Heydari G, Jianfar G, Alvanpour A, Hesami Z, Talischi F, Masjedi MR. Efficacy of telephone quit-line for smokers in iran: 12 months follow up results. Tanaffos. 2011 Sep 27;10(3):42-48.
Heydari, Gholamreza ; Jianfar, Ginus ; Alvanpour, Anahita ; Hesami, Zahra ; Talischi, Firouzeh ; Masjedi, Mohammad Reza. / Efficacy of telephone quit-line for smokers in iran : 12 months follow up results. In: Tanaffos. 2011 ; Vol. 10, No. 3. pp. 42-48.
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