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A Randomized Trial of Telephone Counseling with Adult Moist Snuff Users

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Objective: To evaluate telephone counseling for moist snuff use.

Methods: We recruited 221 adult males using snuff and randomized them into a telephone-counseling intervention or a quit-manual comparison group. Subjects were contacted by mail at 3 and 6 months to complete a 4- page follow-up questionnaire.

Results: A significantly higher proportion of subjects randomized to the intervention quit tobacco at each time point compared to the comparison group.

Conclusions: With appropriate staff training, moist snuff and other types of nonsmoked tobacco should be added to the state-funded smoking cessation quit lines started in recent years.
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Keywords: counseling; randomized controlled trials; smokeless; smoking cessation; telephone; tobacco

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: HealthPartners Research Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: 2004-07-01

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