Which smoking cessation aids are proven effective according to smokers who want to quit smoking? A report from the Netherlands

RA Willems*, MC Willemsen, Eline S. Smit, GE Nagelhout, E. Janssen, H. de Vries

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The use of evidence-based smoking cessation aids (SCA) is an important strategy in helping smokers to quit successfully and is highly recommended for smoking cessation.1 However, the use of these aids in the Netherlands is particularly low.2 While many smokers seem to underestimate the benefits of using evidence-based SCA,3 the use of non-evidence-based SCA is quite popular.4 ,5 Smokers do not perceive non-evidence-based SCA to be less helpful than evidence-based SCA.6 ,7 The internet might contribute to this misperception, since internet searches for SCA more often lead to non-professional than professional websites.8 So do smokers know which SCA are evidence-based and which are not? This study sought to find an answer to this question.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-526
Number of pages2
JournalTobacco Control
Issue number6
Early online date22 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014



  • Cessation
  • Public Opinion
  • Public Policy

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