12 Jan '11, 4am

Phone chats plus web program help smokers quit

NEW YORK - TRYING to quit smoking as part of New Year's resolutions? Personalised phone counselling along with web-based guidance may help, according to a study. About one in five adults in the US smokes, and about half of those who don't quit will die from the habit, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Preventing, which also estimates that smoking costs the economy US$183 billion (S$236.4 billion) each year. Smokers who got phone calls from experienced counsellors and took part in a web-based cessation program had nearly double the quit rates after 18 months of smokers who just used the web program, according to a study led by Amanda Graham, director for research development at the Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies at the American Legacy Foundation. 'This is one of the few large trials that have looked at the internet and telephon...

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