Smoking Cessation Articles: A Review

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Smoking Cessation Article Review Smoking cessation is a complex process, largely because it represents a convergence of both scientific and highly personal variables. Success in smoking cessation is driven by a wide array of factors. The three articles discussed here offer three distinct dimensions on the subject. The primary objective of the study by Anderson & Keller (2002) is to draw a direct correlation between the transtheoretical model of health behavior and the variables associated with smoking cessation. The purpose is to promote an improvement of existing smoking cessation programs by finding ways to hone in on determinant independent variables. The transtheoretical model employed in the study is important to our discussion because, as the researchers acknowledge, this is a commonly employed mode to altering health behaviors where smoking is concerned. Anderson & Keller describe the transtheoretical model of behavior change, explaining that "five stages of change represent a temporal dimension that provides a means to understand when a change in attitude toward a problem behavior occurs." (p. 282) By pinpointing the present variables that impact which stage a participant experienced this attitude change, the study helps us to better understand how certain factors dictate the ability to quit smoking. Their contribution is the logistical regression aimed at correlating different stages in cessation (precontemplation, preparation, etc.) with particular lifestyle,
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