• Journal Article

Motivations for smoking cessation: a comparison of successful quitters and failures

Citation

Halpern, M., & Warner, K. E. (1993). Motivations for smoking cessation: a comparison of successful quitters and failures. Journal of Substance Abuse, 5(3), 247-256.

Abstract

To foster successful smoking cessation, public health professionals need to understand better the reasons why smokers quit smoking. Although researchers have studied smokers' characteristics that may predict smoking cessation, few studies have examined the relationships between reasons stated for quitting and successful smoking cessation. We examined six reasons for smoking cessation and their association with successfully quitting among approximately 7,700 current and former smokers who participated in the 1986 Adult Use of Tobacco Survey (AUTS). Using logistic regression analysis, we found that successful cessation was associated with having personal concerns regarding the health effects of smoking and with wanting to set a good example for children. In contrast, concerns about the cost of smoking, the effect of smoking on others, and pressure from friends and family to quit were associated with decreased likelihoods of cessation. Furthermore, the relative importance of a reason (somewhat important vs. very important) also influenced the association of that reason with smoking cessation