PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 7 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say some errant puffs cause some smokers to give up too soon on smoking cessation efforts.
Some quitters, the researchers say, are “delayed” and should not give up simply because they smoked after their quit date.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland suggest there are two types of successful quitters — those who quit immediately and remain abstinent and those who are delayed in attaining abstinence but achieve success by the end of treatment.
The study, published online in the journal Addiction, finds a substantial proportion of smokers who became successful quitters by the end of 12 weeks of treatment smoked in one or more weeks during the first eight weeks.
“Had treatment been interrupted or discontinued for these delayed quitters, opportunities for achieving continuous abstinence could have been lost for up to 45 percent of quitters who were ultimately successful,” study lead author David Gonzales says in a statement.
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