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Phone chats plus web program help smokers quit

Personalized phone counseling along with web-based guidance makes it easier to quit smoking, suggests a new study

Reuters, Wednesday 12 Jan 2011
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After 18 months, smokers who got phone calls from experienced counselors in addition to following a web-based cessation program had nearly double the quit rates of smokers who just used the web program, according to a report published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Numerous studies have examined the effectiveness of smoking cessation programs in the past, but "this is one of the few large trials that have looked at the internet and telephone counseling combined," lead author Amanda Graham, director for research development at the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the American Legacy Foundation in Washington, D.C., told Reuters Health in an interview.

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