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Large-scale unassisted smoking cessation over 50 years: lessons from history for endgame planning in tobacco control
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    Re:Re:Large-scale unassisted smoking cessation over 50 years: lessons from history for endgame planning in tobacco control

    NOT PEER REVIEWED I really welcome this kind of discussion.

    I acknowledge your 'why and how' argument, however you may find that things like telephone counselling and many group programs will however then fall into your unassisted quitting category as well. This is because they are simply being coached to enhance those natural skills they already have.

    I am aware you are conducting an interview style...

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    NOT PEER REVIEWED Jane, We of course agree that smokers who decide to quit do not make that decision in information environments devoid of all the sorts of influences you list. We both have spent decades contributing to those influences. Those influences are "why" people make quit attempts, but by assisted and unassisted, we are referring to "how" they quit. It's unlikely that many smokers would answer a question on how t...

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    NOT PEER REVIEWED Simon and Melanie,

    Thanks for the article. With respect, i'm not convinced by your arguments here however.

    Firstly, it is incorrect to broadly assume that millions upon millions of people in the 'real world' quit smoking unassisted. Some of them may have, but most would have been given some kind of assistance, albeit even if very brief. It may be advice from their GP, watched telev...

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