John W. Farquhar, M.D.

Publication Details

  • THE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF 3 SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAMS AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH Altman, D. G., Flora, J. A., Fortmann, S. P., Farquhar, J. W. 1987; 77 (2): 162-165


    This study analyzed the cost-effectiveness and distribution of costs by program stage of three smoking cessation programs: a smoking cessation class; an incentive-based quit smoking contest; and a self-help quit smoking kit. The self-help program had the lowest total cost, lowest per cent quit rate, lowest time requirement for participants, and was the most cost-effective. The most effective program, the smoking cessation class, required the most time from participants, had the highest total cost, and was the least cost-effective. The smoking contest was in-between the other two programs in total costs, per cent quit rate, and cost-effectiveness; it required the same time commitment from participants as the self-help program. These findings are interpreted within the context of community-based intervention in which the argument is made that cost-effectiveness is only one of several factors that should determine the selection of smoking cessation programs.

    View details for Web of Science ID A1987F631000006

    View details for PubMedID 3099586

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