Counselling for smoking cessation

With the most minimal intervention – provision of self-help materials for smoking cessation – the effect is only small. Telephone counselling is effective and can be used as well as, or instead of, face-to-face contact as an adjunct to self-help interventions.

Brief advice (less than 3 minutes) given by a general practitioner or nurse results in a small but significant increase in quit rates, of 2–3%. However there is a dose–response effect with person-to-person counselling in relation to the time taken in each session, as well as to the number of sessions. Group therapy seems to be as effective as individual counselling.

See the entire Tabacco smoking Chapter