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Findings Series 20 - Models of smoking treatment

Aug 2009

This briefing paper outlines the findings from a study, commissioned by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health which examined the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the two main types of support for smokers who want to quit in Glasgow.

The study had four main aims:

  • To assess the short (4 week) and longer term (52 week) outcomes associated with each model of service.
  • To explore what factors (client and/or service characteristics) influence outcomes.
  • To examine the relationship between costs and outcomes for the two models of service.
  • To assess how effective the services are in reaching and treating clients from disadvantaged parts of the city. 

Key findings of this paper include:

  • Cotinine validated four week quit rates were 35.5% for group clients and 18.6% for pharmacy clients. 
  • Both models of service in Glasgow were reaching and treating smokers from disadvantaged areas in significant numbers.
  • Only 3.6% were cotinine validated as non-smokers at 52 week follow up. 
  • Clients who were treated in groups were still more likely to have remained abstinent at 52 weeks than those who accessed the pharmacy service. 
  • Older smokers, more affluent smokers and those who were extremely determined to quit were all less likely to relapse.
  • Both the pharmacy and group support services are cost-effective and co-exist to provide a comprehensive smoking cessation service across Glasgow. 


Comparing Models of Smoking Treatment in Glasgow

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