Message content in anti-smoking public service announcements (PSAs) can be delivered explicitly (directly with concrete statements) or implicitly (indirectly via metaphor), and the method of delivery may affect the efficacy of those PSAs. The purpose of this study was to conduct an initial test of this idea using tobacco industry manipulation PSAs in adolescents.
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Examined whether reimbursement for Provider Counseling, Pharmacotherapies, and a telephone Quitline increase smoking cessation relative to Usual Care. A telephone Quitline in conjunction with low-cost Pharmacotherapy was found to be the most effective means of reducing smoking in the elderly.
Evaluates the consistency of primary care physician (PCP) attitudes toward smoking cessation counseling and their corresponding smoking-cessation behaviors; PCP attitudes were positively associated with patient-reported smoking cessation behavior.
Arkansas has used its $1.6 billion share of the 1998 Tobacco Settlement to address health issues and focus on reducing smoking rates. With continued support, the services and programs created should be on track to meet their long-term goals.