JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) just published research on this quit smoking project. After years of decline in the number of smokers in the US, sadly there is a major upsurge among American youth. Currently 14% of adults use tobacco (cigarettes or E. cigarettes) while 24% of teens do. The prevailing thought among psychologists has been that until a smoker is ready to quit the likelihood of motivating them or helping them is nil. The JAMA article reflects research into a new approach called brief abstinence games. Basically, the researchers asked smokers to “take a break”. As a control group they used non-inhalation nicotine in the form of nicotine lozenges.
The researchers were pleasantly surprised that taking a break for a very brief time (a day or so) over a period of time led to 18% of the smokers quitting. This study was done in adults, not teens. So, the next project will be aimed at this younger population.