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Positive Affect and Mood Management in Successful Smoking Cessation

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Objective : To examine the influence of positive affect and mood-management in the completion and success of an Internet-based smoking cessation intervention.

Methods : Participants were recruited online (n 1000) and randomized to 4 different interventions. Half of the participants received a mood-management tool.

Results : Retention was predicted by positive affect at 3 and 12 months. There was a higher 12-month abstinence rate among those who were assigned to the mood-management intervention and had initial low positive affect.

Conclusions : The study supports the inclusion of mood-management tools in smoking cessation interventions and indicates that positive affect increases persistence to quit smoking.
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Keywords: internet intervention; mood management; negative affect; positive affect; smoking cessation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, CA.

Publication date: September 1, 2010

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