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Do group-based smoking cessation programmes help people to stop smoking

Stead LF, Lancaster T
Published Online: 
15 April 2009

Group programmes are more effective for helping people to stop smoking than being given self-help materials without face-to-face instruction and group support. The chances of quitting are approximately doubled. It is unclear whether groups are better than individual counselling or other advice, but they are more effective than no treatment. Not all smokers making a quit attempt want to attend group meetings, but for those who do they are likely to be helpful.

This record should be cited as: 
Stead LF, Lancaster T. Group behaviour therapy programmes for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001007. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001007.pub2
Assessed as up to date: 
9 October 2008