Preventing Relapse to Smoking: A Review of the Evidence

 

For most people, quitting smoking is a dynamic process that involves quit attempts and a return to smoking several times before achieving long-term abstinence. Referred to as relapse, the process of resuming smoking after a period of abstinence typically occurs in the first week. 

This paper reports on recent evidence on relapse prevention including definitions, underpinning theories of relapse, and an overview of current and emerging interventions and programs to address relapse. The evidence may be useful to inform relapse prevention efforts and encourage further investment in an understanding of the relapse process and support for long-term smoking abstinence in those who have successfully quit, especially among underserved populations who experience higher rates of relapse.


Date of Resource:2017/04/27
Target Audience:Health Professionals
Topic:Smoking cessation


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Preventing Relapse to Smoking: A Review of the Evidence

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