Telephone counseling for population-based smoking cessation

Am J Health Behav. 2004 May-Jun;28(3):231-41. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.28.3.4.


Objectives: To examine the options for use, efficiency, and effectiveness for structuring a population-based telephone smoking-cessation service.

Methods: Callers (n=632) to a 1-800 number were randomized in a 2 (50-minute counseling with 2/6 calls) x 2 (pamphlet/booklet) design with print only control.

Results: Six-month use of the service was 0.6% of adult smokers. Service promotion cost 31.02 dollars/person. Telephone counseling resulted in higher continued abstinence (5%) than did print only (1%), P<.05. Amount of print and calls did not increase cessation. Six calls resulted in lower completion rates than 2 (22% vs 56%, P<.05).

Conclusions: For planning, consider 1% use, low-cost promotion, pamphlet, 50-minute initial counseling plus 2 follow-ups, and minimize call-attempts.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Counseling / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ontario
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Smoking Cessation*
  • Telephone*