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Does individually delivered counselling help people to stop smoking

Lancaster T, Stead LF
Published Online: 
8 October 2008

Individual counselling is commonly used to help people who are trying to quit smoking. The review looked at trials of counselling by a trained therapist providing one or more face-to-face sessions, separate from medical care. All the trials involved sessions of more than 10 minutes, with most also including further telephone contact for support. The review found that individual counselling could help smokers quit, but there was not enough evidence about whether more intensive counselling was better.

This record should be cited as: 
Lancaster T, Stead LF. Individual behavioural counselling for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001292. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001292.pub2
Assessed as up to date: 
15 July 2008