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Implications for practice and research
Meta-analysis of five studies shows that smoking cessation delivered predominantly via automated text messaging increases quit rates 47–99% compared with minimal intervention.
Mobile phone cessation interventions provide quitting tips, social support and motivational messages, tailored to quit stage, multiple times per day at limited cost.
Although healthcare providers are moderately adherent with practice guidelines for asking, advising and assessing tobacco use, adherence to assisting and arranging cessation services remains poor, often due to limited time and training.1 ,2 Referral to quit lines has been an established means for providing these cessation services,3 but the growing ubiquity of mobile phones now provides the opportunity to deliver cessation …
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