Timing and risk factors associated with relapse among smokers attempting to quit in Malaysia

Yasin, S.M.; Moy, F.M.; Retneswari, M.; Isahak, M.; Koh, D. (2012) Timing and risk factors associated with relapse among smokers attempting to quit in Malaysia. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 16 (7). pp. 980-985. ISSN 1027-3719

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    BACKGROUND: Many smokers attempt to quit smoking, but very few succeed. OBJECTIVE: To identify the timing and risk factors involved in smoking relapse. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study among staff in two public universities in Malaysia. Behavioural therapy with free nicotine replacement therapy was given as treatment. Participants were followed up for 6 months. Relapse was defined as returning to smoking after having quit for at least 24 h. RESULTS: Of 185 smokers who volunteered to participate, 120 achieved at least 24-h abstinence, and 80 of these relapsed within 2 months. Compared to participants who attended a single smoking cessation session, participants who attended three sessions had a lower likelihood of relapse within 6 months of quitting. In contrast, smokers with a much longer exposure to cigarette smoking in the workplace (>3 h per week) had a greater chance of relapse compared to those with no exposure. CONCLUSIONS: Frequent attendance at clinic sessions and less exposure to other people smoking in the workplace can potentially reduce the likelihood of relapse among smokers who have recently quit.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
    Additional Information: Yasin, S. M. Moy, F. M. Retneswari, M. Isahak, M. Koh, D. ---> Correspondence to: Siti Munira Yasin, Population Health and Preventive Medicine Unit, Faculty of Medicine, MARA University of Technology, UiTM Sungai Buloh Campus, Jalan Hospital, 47000 Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia. Tel: (+60) 192 515 325. Fax: (+60) 3 6126 5224. e-mail: sitimu.yasin@gmail.com; smunira@salam.uitm.edu.my
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Smoking relapse; environment; worksite; smoking cessation; Malaysian
    Subjects: R Medicine
    Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
    Depositing User: Ms Haslinda Lahuddin
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2012 08:50
    Last Modified: 04 Oct 2012 08:50
    URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/3757

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