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The experience of giving up smoking was described as encompassing 7 major categories

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Question What words and concepts are used by people to describe their coping strategies within the first 10 days after giving up smoking?


A taxonomy inductively derived from narrative accounts.


A large midwestern city in the US.


36 participants (mean age 41 y, 58% women) who were recruited from smoking cessation programmes. The mean number of attempts to stop smoking was 4.7. Participants smoked a mean number of 24 cigarettes each day and had begun smoking at a mean age of 17 years.


Participants were randomly assigned to 5 time blocks of 3 consecutive days within the first 10 days after they had stopped smoking. Participants recorded thoughts, feelings, and actions for each coping episode as they occurred using a hand held tape recorder. A coping episode consisted of any thought …

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  • Source of funding: National Institute of Nursing Research.

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