Five-day plan for smoking cessation using group behaviour therapy

Swiss Med Wkly. 2003 Jan 25;133(3-4):39-43. doi: 10.4414/smw.2003.10068.


The "Five-Day Plan to Stop Smoking" (FDP) is an educational group technique for smoking cessation. We studied a cohort of 123 smokers (55 men, 68 women, mean age 42 years) who participated in 11 successive FDP sessions held in Switzerland between 1995 and 1998 and who were followed up for at least 12 months by telephone or direct interview. Overall, 102 of the 123 subjects (83%) had stopped smoking by the end of the FDP, and self-declared smoking cessation rate was 25% after one year. The following factors potentially associated with outcome were studied: age, sex, smoking habit duration, cigarettes per day, Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND), group size, and medical presence among the group leaders. Smoking habit duration was the only variable which showed a statistically significant association with success: the rate of smoking cessation was higher among patients who had smoked for less than 20 years (34.7% vs. 18.9%, p = 0.049). Stress was the most common cause of relapse. The FDP appears to be an effective smoking cessation therapy. Propositions are made in order to improve the success rate of future sessions.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Diet
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
  • Treatment Outcome