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Interest in technology-based and traditional smoking cessation programs among adult smokers in Ankara, Turkey

Author(s): Ybarra Michele | Bağci Bosi A Tülay | Bilir Nazmi | Holtrop Jodi | Korchmaros Josephine | Emri Salih

Journal: Tobacco Induced Diseases
ISSN 1617-9625

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: smoking cessation | Turkey | middle income country | technology-based interventions

Abstract Background Little is known about the demand for smoking cessation services in settings with high smoking prevalence rates. Furthermore, acceptability of text messaging and Internet as delivery mechanisms for smoking cessation programs in non-developed countries is under-reported. Given the cost effectiveness of technology-based programs, these may be more feasible to roll out in settings with limited public health resources relative to in-person programs. Findings 148 adult smokers took part in a community-based survey in Ankara, Turkey. Two in five (43%) respondents reported typically smoking their first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking. Many participants expressed a desire to quit smoking: 27% reported seriously thinking about quitting in the next 30 days; 53% reported at least one quit attempt in the past year. Two in five smokers wanting to quit reported they were somewhat or extremely like to try a smoking cessation program if it were accessible via text messaging (45%) or online (43%). Conclusions Opportunities for low-cost, high-reach, technology-based smoking cessation programs are under-utilized. Findings support the development and testing of these types of interventions for adult smokers in Turkey.
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