Reasons for Quitting Smoking in Patients with First-Ever Ischemic Stroke
European Addiction Research, 08/02/2012
Sienkiewicz–Jarosz H et al. – The study suggests that some motives for quitting smoking are associated with a higher chance for short–term abstinence in stroke patients.Methods
- Ninety–eight cigarette smokers with ischemic stroke were recruited between December 2006 and December 2008 in an urban hospital.
- Smoking status and reasons for quit attempts after stroke were assessed at 3–month follow–up.
- 73% of patients (72/98) made at least one quit attempt between stroke onset and the follow–up visit.
- 47% of quit attempters (34/72) declared that stroke was the major reason for quitting.
- The patients reporting stroke as the major reason for quitting were more likely to be abstinent at the follow–up as compared to the patients who did not (61.8 vs. 36.8%).