Quitting smoking: estimation by meta‐analysis of the rate of unaided smoking cessation

Andrew J. Baillie*, Richard P. Mattick, Wayne Hall

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Abstract: The rates (after 12 months' follow‐up) of unassisted smoking cessation reported in the literature have varied from 13.8 per cent to 8.5 per cent. A meta‐analysis was conducted of the abstinence rates observed in 14 samples of smokers who presented at primary health settings and received either no intervention aimed at smoking or usual care (which involved no deliberate intervention for smoking cessation). The estimated rate of stopping smoking without intervention, over an average 10‐month period, was 7.33 per cent. This rate is consistent with others reported in the literature when motivation to quit is taken into account. The estimate provides a baseline to judge the effects of smoking‐cessation interventions. 1995 Public Health Association of Australia

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-131
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian journal of public health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


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