The cost-effectiveness of three smoking cessation programs

Am J Public Health. 1987 Feb;77(2):162-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.77.2.162.


This study analyzed the cost-effectiveness and distribution of costs by program stage of three smoking cessation programs: a smoking cessation class; an incentive-based quit smoking contest; and a self-help quit smoking kit. The self-help program had the lowest total cost, lowest per cent quit rate, lowest time requirement for participants, and was the most cost-effective. The most effective program, the smoking cessation class, required the most time from participants, had the highest total cost, and was the least cost-effective. The smoking contest was in-between the other two programs in total costs, per cent quit rate, and cost-effectiveness; it required the same time commitment from participants as the self-help program. These findings are interpreted within the context of community-based intervention in which the argument is made that cost-effectiveness is only one of several factors that should determine the selection of smoking cessation programs.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • California
  • Community Health Services / economics*
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Health Education / economics*
  • Health Education / methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Sex Factors
  • Smoking*