Call-back facility aids smoking cessation

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Telephone-based counselling for those seeking to quit smoking is most effective if there is a call-back facility from the counsellor, according to an intervention study. Three or more calls to a helpline increased the chances of quitting compared with a minimal intervention, such as providing standard self-help materials, brief advice or just nicotine patches, the study concluded.

Stead LF et al (2013). “Telephone counselling for smoking cessation”. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; issue 8, CD002850.

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