Effectiveness of a Smoking Cessation Assistance Program in China

Effectiveness of a Smoking Cessation Assistance Program in China

Authors: Li, Peizhong; Larrison, Christopher; Lennox, Richard; Mollenhauer, Matt; Sharar, David A.

Objective: The objective of this study was to adapt an evidence-based smoking cessation intervention initially developed in the United States to the Chinese context and evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention in China.
Method: A smoking cessation program from United States was adapted and implemented through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in China. The intervention consisted of recommending medication and psychological counseling. Local EAP counselors received training on the program and delivered the intervention to clients. Program evaluation examined the intervention’s effectiveness in helping clients quit or reduce the amount of smoking and nicotine dependence.

Results: Ninety-day follow-up showed that those who had completed the program were more likely to remain abstinent, or stop smoking daily and have lower levels of nicotine dependence (p < 0.05) than those who had dropped out.

Conclusions: The evidence-based cessation program is effective in helping Chinese smokers quit or reduce the amount of smoking. Moreover, implementing such programs in an EAP setting is a practical approach to providing a wider spectrum of smokers with access to cessation assistance in China.

Keywords: Smoking cessation; employee assistance program; program evaluation

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15212/FMCH.2015.0103