Smokers' challenge: immediate and long-term findings of a community smoking cessation contest

Am J Public Health. 1987 Oct;77(10):1340-1. doi: 10.2105/ajph.77.10.1340.


The present study examined the effectiveness of a community-based smoking contest in helping 500 smokers maintain three months postcontest and one year postcontest abstinence. The majority were chronic smokers with a limited number of previous quit attempts. The three- and 12-month postcontest quit rates were 19 per cent and 15 per cent, respectively, rates exceeding naturally occurring community cessation rates. The contest was found to be more cost-effective than quit smoking classes.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Community Health Services*
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Smoking*