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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health
Building capacity for a tobacco-free world
July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA
Objective: to verify the smoker's perception of his own health after a year of smoking cessation.
Methods: We analyzed 465 patients, 264 women (57%) and 201 men (43%), with 49,39 (10,82) years old, 1,57 (1,16) co-morbidity and cigarette consumption of 23,12 (10,74) per day. All these patients received smoking cessation treatment, (Nicotine Patch and/or Nicotine Gum and/or Bupropion and regular clinical evaluation). Among the patients, 160 (34%) were successful and 305 (66%) were unsuccessful in achieving a year of smoking cessation. All of them were asked to evaluate their own clinical situation, if it was better, not altered or worst than when they started treatment.
Results: Patients that achieved a year of smoking cessation reported much better clinical situation than those who did not (graphic below).Conclusion: This important information can be used to motivate patients during smoking cessation treatment.