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Long- and short-term effectiveness of a large-scale proprietary smoking cessation program. -A 4-year follow-up of Smokenders participants



Long- and short-term effectiveness of a large-scale proprietary smoking cessation program. -A 4-year follow-up of Smokenders participants



Journal of Clinical Psychology 32(3): 661-669



Smokenders is a proprietary, franchisable, smoking cessation program that over the past 6 yr has involved more than 30,000 participants. Records of 553 people who took part in a Smokenders program in 1971 were examined to determine immediate and long-term effectiveness of the program and to relate demographic variables to outcome. Of this group, 385 (70%) were not smoking at the completion of the 9-wk program. Women sought Smokenders' help in greater numbers than men, yet both sexes were equally successful in achieving short-term smoking cessation, i.e., completing the 9-wk program. Attempts were made to contact these graduates (those who were not smoking at the end of their Smokenders program in 1971) 3 1/2-4 yr later, to determine long-term success rates. Although it was difficult to contact a substantial percentage of the participants, extrapolation from the sample contacted suggests that 57% of male graduates still were not smoking, as opposed to 30% of female graduates. A comparison of demographic characteristics of the Smokenders sample with those of a national sample of smokers revealed that a greater number of differences existed for males than for females.

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