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Smoking rates nationally have declined over the past several decades, however, tobacco use in the North Country of upstate New York remains higher than the national average. Group discussion programs have been shown to be more effective for smoking cessation than pharmacologic efforts alone. A 7-week smoking cessation support group was started in Glens Falls, New York using the Butt Stops Here curriculum. Participants were encouraged to also use pharmacologic methods as directed by their medical providers. Participants completed a brief survey before and after the program. Participants generally felt less motivated, but more equipped to quit after the seven weeks. One participant out of eight was able to quit entirely and 7/8 participants were able to decrease their level of tobacco use. A larger sample size is needed before conclusions can be drawn about the effectiveness of this smoking cessation support group.
Hudson Headwaters Health Network, Glens Falls, NY
Smoking cessation, tobacco, support groups, New York
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Bachilas, Holly, "Evaluating the Effectiveness of a Smoking Cessation Support Group" (2018). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 349.