Very delayed smoking relapse warrants research attention

Psychol Rep. 1998 Aug;83(1):72-4. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1998.83.1.72.


Recent findings suggest that former smokers remain at risk for relapse well beyond the traditional treatment follow-up period of one year. Although progress has been made in understanding factors involved in smoking cessation and short-term maintenance, very little attention has been paid to research on the process, predictors, and treatment implications of very delayed relapse. Possible research questions are offered to stimulate further investigation in this area.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aftercare / psychology
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Recurrence
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Prevention*