Impediment profiling for smoking cessation. Preliminary experience

Behav Modif. 2003 Sep;27(4):524-37. doi: 10.1177/0145445503255568.


Introduction: Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of preventable death.

Methods: Long and short "impediment profilers" (LIPs and SIPs, respectively) addressing nicotine addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, chemical dependency, weight control, and household smoking were developed and applied in a pilot smoking cessation study to tailor treatment.

Results: Quit rate 72 hours after the target quit date was 50%; at 8 and 12 weeks it was 61% and 39%, respectively. The LIP identified fewer impediments than the SIP.

Conclusions: Impediment profiling for tailored smoking cessation intervention is associated with high initial quit rates and warrants further study.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Comorbidity
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Compliance / psychology*
  • Patient Dropouts / psychology
  • Patient Dropouts / statistics & numerical data
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Psychometrics
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology