Interest in self-help materials among a general population sample of smokers

John A. Cunningham, Roberta Ferrence, Joanna Cohen, Edward M. Adlaf

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Previous studies have shown that self-help materials can be effective in helping people quit smoking. However, it is not known what proportion of smokers in the general population are interested in this method of cessation. A representative sample of 267 daily smokers participated in a random digit dialing telephone survey. Respondents were asked about their level of interest in self-help materials that would help them quit smoking. Potential predictors of level of interest were examined first through bivariate analyses, followed by a multinomial logistic regression. Of daily smokers, 27% were very interested in receiving a self-help booklet, 28% were somewhat interested, and 45% were not at all interested. Interest in self-help materials was positively related to intent to quit in the next 6 months and to low family income.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)811-816
Number of pages6
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Secondary prevention
  • Self-help
  • Smokers
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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