Integrative tobacco cessation: A survey assessing past quit strategies and future interest

Amy Howerter, Lysbeth Floden, Eva Matthews, Myra L. Muramoto

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Purpose Tobacco cessation remains a public health priority. Unassisted quits are most common despite evidence for a combination of guideline-recommended strategies. This paper reports findings from a pilot study designed to assess past quit strategies and tobacco users’ receptiveness to using an integrative clinic that offers both conventional and alternative treatments for future cessation attempts. Methods Participants were recruited from a pool of individuals reporting for jury duty. Paper–pencil surveys assessed smoking, past cessation behaviors, and interest in use of the integrative clinic which offers both conventional and alternative treatments. Current and former smokers (n = 304) returned surveys. Results Using multivariate logistic regression, past physiological quit strategies, past behavioral quit strategies, and use of multiple quit strategies increased agreement with interest in future use of an integrative clinic option. Additionally, there is support for the notion that if such a clinic were offered, smokers may be inclined to use this resource for a future quit attempt. Conclusions An integrative clinic option for tobacco cessation may encourage smokers to try to quit, especially for those who have used varied cessation strategies in the past. Motivating smokers to use a combined approach for tobacco cessation is a potential future direction for tobacco cessation treatment. Developing and testing an integrative approach may support this effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-25
Number of pages4
JournalAdvances in Integrative Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016


  • Behavior change
  • Integrative medicine
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tobacco control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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