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    Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch
    DSHS Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    1100 West 49th Street, Mail Code 1965
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7111
    Fax: (512) 776-7555

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Key Factors Related to Tobacco Use Cessation


Age; women, married, higher education & higher income more likely to quit.


Family & friends disapprove of smoking
Family & friends are non-smokers
Physicians encourage & reinforce cessation


High cost of cigarettes
No smoking in environment
Social norms
No access to cigarettes in youth environment
Quitting resources

Related Behaviors

Does not use other substances such as drugs and alcohol


Tobacco dependence & Depression

Quit Smoking

(Actions depend on stage of change)

Process of Change

Consciousness raising (PC-C)
Dramatic relief (PC – C)
Environmental re-evaluation (PC-C)
Self-reevaluation (C-P)
Self-liberation (P-A)
Reinforcement management (A- M)
Counter conditioning (A- M)


Attitudes, beliefs & values

Intent to quit in future
Values own health
Past Quit attempt
Reactivity to social cues
Perception other believe smoking is not smart, bothers others, embarrassed to smoke
Outcome expectations: Better health, smell good, fewer wrinkles, boredom (-), difficulty concentrating (-) weight gain (-), nervious, irritable (-)

Last updated April 11, 2011