Public health focus: effectiveness of smoking-control strategies--United States

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1992 Sep 4;41(35):645-7, 653.


In 1990, approximately 46 million adults in the United States continued to smoke; however, more than 44 million persons were former smokers (1) who had reduced their risk for the leading causes of death in the United States (2). Smoking-cessation methods can be categorized as 1) self-help strategies (e.g., quitting abruptly and completely ["cold turkey"], using quitting manuals, or using nonprescription drugs) or 2) assisted strategies (e.g., smoking-cessation clinics, hypnosis, acupuncture, or nicotine gum or patch with counseling). This report summarizes information regarding the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of smoking-cessation strategies.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Public Health
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation / economics
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States / epidemiology