Written Personalized Feedback and Confidence in Smoking Cessation

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This article examines the relations among written personalized feedback, smokers confidence and smoking cessation with 1,217 smokers participating in a randomized trial. Evidence for an effect of the feedback on confidence is that, relative to the comparison groups, in the feedback treatment group (a) there were higher quit rates among smokers with lower levels of baseline confidence and (b) there were greater increases in confidence from baseline to 3 months among smokers who quit Personalized feedback had its largest impact on confidence early in the cessation process and the impact was reflected in sustained increases in confidence among quitters through a 1-year follow-up. Unfortunately the feedback had no effect on the confidence of smokers who did not achieve initial cessation.

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