If your company is refreshing its commitment to wellness or your New Year’s resolutions include quitting smoking, consider these findings from a newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study:
For cigarette smokers, the combined use of telephonic smoking cessation counseling and related web-based support services can be an effective deterrent. The CDC conducted a survey of users in four states to evaluate the effectiveness of these interventions. After adjusting for multiple variables, smokers who used both telephone and web-based services were more likely to report abstinence from smoking for 30 days at follow up when compared to telephone-only users and web-only users.
The findings suggest that employers and public health programs should consider offering both types of cessation services to improve quit rates.