Understanding smoking cessation: The role of smokers' quit history

Marco Yzer, Bas Van Den Putte

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Many studies have found smokers' quit history to correlate with quitting smoking, but little is known about the psychological processes explaining this relationship. This study uses the integrative model of behavioral prediction to examine how quit history affects quit intention. Data from 3,428 Dutch smokers demonstrate that quit history affects (a) beliefs about quitting and (b) the degree to which self-efficacy predicts quit intention. It seems that a relatively unsuccessful history of prior quit attempts reduces self-efficacy over quitting and strengthens the relationship of self-efficacy with the intention to quit. The results are used to call for more process-oriented research in order to advance our understanding of the relationship between quit history and quit intention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-361
Number of pages6
JournalPsychology of Addictive Behaviors
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006


  • Integrative model of behavioral prediction
  • Quit history
  • Smoking cessation


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