Group Counseling for Smoking Cessation

This study has been completed.
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American University Identifier:
First received: March 1, 2005
Last updated: December 7, 2011
Last verified: March 2007

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of group therapy for cigarette smoking cessation. The group meets for 8 sessions and includes education and group discussion about the effects of smoking and ways to cope with withdrawal symptoms and other challenges to maintaining abstinence. In one condition, the groups also learn techniques based on cognitive therapy, to help cope with negative feelings.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: cognitive behavior therapy
Phase 1
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Smoking Cessation

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • cigarette smoking abstinence

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • cognitive coping skills
  • depressive symptoms
  • acceptance
  • distress tolerance

Estimated Enrollment: 240
Study Start Date: January 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2007
Detailed Description:

The comparison condition is the same length as the cognitive behavior therapy condition but omits the cognitive restructuring component. In both conditions, smokers prepare for a quit date by using scheduled reduced smoking, which involves smoking on a set schedule that gradually reduces the number of cigarettes smoked. Post-treatment assessments occur one week after the end of treatment, and at 3-month followup.

Pre- and post-treatment assessments include measures of coping skills and emotional acceptance, as well as smoking rate.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Regular daily smokers interested in quitting

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Significant suicidal ideation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00104481

United States, District of Columbia
American University
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20016-8062
Sponsors and Collaborators
American University
Principal Investigator: David A Haaga, Ph.D. American University
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00104481     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2R15CA077732-02A1, 2R15CA077732-02A1
Study First Received: March 1, 2005
Last Updated: December 7, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by American University:
cognitive behavior therapy
smoking cessation
quit smoking
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