January 5, 2011 - Back on January 3rd we wrote a news brief based on an article entitled "Massive New Year's push to give up smoking.." (New Zealand - massive push to get smokers to quit..)
A sentence in this article has continued to bother us. We believe it's a comment from Paula Snowden, chief executive for The Quit Group, which runs Quitline. Here's the comment: Those who use support are up to five times more likely to succeed than going it alone.
We wonder where Ms. Snowden came up with the "five times..."
From your neighboring country - Australia. Here's a comment from Professor Ian Olver, CEO of Cancer Council Australia..
Going 'cold turkey' is still the most popular way to quit smoking, trumping nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), an Australian survey has confirmed.President Obama - willpower does the trick - president has gone 9-months without smoking...
A Cancer Institute NSW (New South Wales) survey of 1068 recent quitters revealed 69% of successful quitters had used the 'cold turkey' method of smoking cessation. The results, presented at the Asia Pacific Conference on Tobacco or Health (held in Sydney on 6-9 October 2010), found nicotine replacement therapy and 'cutting down, then quitting' were the second most popular quitting methods.
Younger quitters were more likely to stop smoking by going 'cold turkey' compared with older quitters. The latter, along with quitters who were less educated, were more likely to use assisted methods.
Professor Ian Olver, CEO of Cancer Council Australia, said the findings confirmed that 'cold turkey' was a successful strategy, and NRT "probably ... should only be used when the quit attempts fail".
Quitting smoking: cold turkey most popular method, myDr.com.au, 10/15/2010.
Summary of another study carried out in Australia..
New Zealand related news briefs:
New Zealand - massive push to get smokers to quit..;
New Zealand - cigarette display ban passes first reading..;
New Zealand - price goes up number of smokers goes down..;
New Zealand - Māori Affairs Committee Report released - November 2010..;
New Zealand - non-smokers offered incentives to test cigarettes..;
New Zealand - phase out tobacco sales over the next decade..;
New Zealand - Scandinavian Tobacco granted clearance to merge its cigar and pipe tobacco businesses with Swedish Match..;
New Zealand - tobacco industry whistleblower addresses the Maori select committee..;
New Zealand - a third of patients seeking treatment in the ED were smokers..;
New Zealand - the majority of New Zealanders support an end to commercial tobacco sales by 2020 - can it happen??;
New Zealand - study revives interest in keeping tobacco hidden..;
New Zealand - health board says no to psychiatric hospital smoking ban..;
New Zealand - report on illicit trade and options to control growth of illicit trade..;
New Zealand - ASH Year 10 Snapshot Survey - Dramatic youth smoking decline..;
New Zealand - plain cigarette and tobacco packs could turn teenagers off smoking..;
New Zealand - Tobacco companies target women..;
New Zealand - lobby group of small retailers formed to protest tobacco price hike..;
New Zealand - more than half of the people want to end tobacco sales by 2020..;
New Zealand - revenue department has begun a review of BAT financial transactions..;
New Zealand - increase in tobacco excise forced through Parliament by the Government..;
New Zealand - Christchurch prepares for meeting with tobacco select committee..;
New Zealand - biggest drop in smoking rates seen in a decade..;
New Zealand - Maori affairs committee continues to gather information..;
New Zealand - study quit-smoking products that are acceptabe and effective..;
New Zealand - smoking ban results in decrease in heart attacks..;
New Zealand - BAT attends Maori Affairs select committee meeting on tobacco..;
New Zealanders want cigarettes banned by 2020..;
New Zealand - Maori women - almost 50% smoke..;
New Zealand - more and more teenagers turned off by smoking..;
New Zealand - loophole in the law banning tobacco sponsorship..;
New Zealand - University of Auckland to go smokefree - 1st university in country..;
New Zealand - smoking ban in bars results in less smoking at home..;
New Zealand - study, tobacco displays leads to increase in youth smoking..;
New Zealand - graphic warnings cigarette maker selects less offensive images..;
New Zealand - Maori committee to investigate smoking..;
New Zealand - Tairawhiti Board wants tobacco sold only on prescription..;
New Zealand - health researchers calling on government to ban importation of tobacco..;
New Zealand - 1st trial ever of e-cigarettes..;
New Zealand - BAT reducing prices discouraging people from quitting..;
New Zealand - stop smoking campaigns NOT working..;
BAT awarded worst corporation in New Zealand..;
New Zealand - government may NOT support tobacco display bans..;
New Zealand More Evidence Needed to Ban Tobacco and Cigarette Displays..;
More evidence - tobacco displays increase the risk of teens smoking..;
Horror photos go on New Zealand cigarette packs..;
Country to Eliminate Smoking - The South Pacific nation of Niue;
Ireland to ban tobacco displays..;
Smokefree NZ within 10 years..;
By law, oral snuff cannot (but nasal snuff is allowed) be sold in New Zealand and can be imported only for personal use..