Nurses trying to quit smoking using the Internet

University of California, School of Nursing, 700 Tiverton Ave, Box 956918, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA.
Nursing outlook (Impact Factor: 1.59). 09/2009; 57(5):246-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2009.03.002
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Nurses QuitNet, an Internet-based smoking cessation program, was created to support nurses' quit attempts. The purposes of this study were to evaluate quit attempts at 3, 6, and 12 months after the use of the program and to determine differences in demographic, professional, and smoking characteristics by smoking status. Differences in the use of quit methods, barriers, and facilitators to quitting also were assessed. Data among 246 smokers who responded to at least 1 follow-up email at 3, 6, or 12 months after registration were analyzed. Quit rates among respondents were 43% (3 months), 45% (6 months), and 53% (12 months). Total time on the website was significantly higher for those who quit. Barriers to quitting included lack of support from colleagues, stress, lack of cessation services, and fear of not getting a work-break. Facilitators included working in a smoke-free facility, support from colleagues, and workplace cessation services. The use of Nurses QuitNet demonstrated promise in supporting quit attempts. Quitting was influenced by workplace factors.

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    • "The categories of number of cigarettes smoked per day also were significantly different with a higher proportion of nurses in the low category (fewer than 10 cigarettes per day) and in the mid-range (11 - 20 cigarettes per day) and fewer smoking more than 20 cigarettes per day. This is similar to the 67% of nurse smokers participating in a web-based smoking cessation program who smoked less than 20 cigarettes per day [19,32]. A trend toward fewer cigarettes also was noted in 1986 in the Nurse's Health Study, with highest number of cigarettes smoked among the cohort born in 1940-44 [6]. "
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    • "Furthermore, hospital staff on call or working at night were decreasing the time interval of the first cigarette after waking up (<30 min: 58.5% and 31–60 min: 32.1%) in comparison to those who were not working at night (<30 min: 54.7% and 31–60 min: 30.7%), although there was no statistical significance (p = 0.67) [38]. Sarna et al. found that there was a statistically significant difference between smokers and non-smokers in reporting stress as a barrier for quitting smoking at the 6 month time interval (67% vs. 46%, p = 0.02), whereas there was no significant difference at 3 and 12 months (78% vs. 80%, p = 0.73 and 80% vs. 69%, p = 0.19 respectively) [42]. "
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