The future of smoking cessation therapy in the United States
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2006
Volume 91, Issue 12, pages 1797–1802, December 1996
How to Cite
HUGHES, J. R. (1996), The future of smoking cessation therapy in the United States. Addiction, 91: 1797–1802. doi: 10.1046/j.1360-0443.1996.911217974.x
- Issue published online: 24 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2006
- Submitted 6th December 1995; initial review completed 27th March 1996; final version accepted 23rd May 1996.
Six trends that are likely to influence the future content, format, delivery and reach of smoking cessation therapy in the United States are discussed: (1) changing characteristics of smokers (e.g. more likely to be poor, have psychiatric co-morbidity and be more nicotine dependent), (2) health care reform demands for cost-effectiveness, (3) development of guidelines/algorithms that recommend stepped-care approaches, (4) continued emphasis on smoking as a form of drug dependence requiring intensive pharmacological and behavior therapy for some smokers, (5) interest in harm-reduction strategies for smokers unable or unwilling to qua (and 6) smoking cessation therapies become reimbursable on par with other drug dependencies.