Temptation experiences during a smoking cessation attempt: A mixed method analysis

Kimberly Ann Glazier, Elizabeth Victor, Joy Johnson, Kathleen A. O'Connell

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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to gain an insider's perspective regarding the overall experiences of 61 participants who attempted to quit smoking and to determine whether particular factors were associated with lapses. Design: A 14-day longitudinal randomized design. Methods: Participants used palm-top computers and tape-recorders to report on smoking temptation episodes. All urges experienced from the onset of the participant's quit day and the succeeding 14 days were to be recorded. Results: All narratives were transcribed and underwent qualitative descriptive coding. Pearson correlation analyses found the negative support for cessation and low commitment to cessation variables were significantly associated with increased lapses. Primary trigger codes found participants with habit related urges lapsed significantly less while participants with emotion-triggered urges lapsed significantly more. Conclusions: Tailored treatments for specific subsets of smokers may help increase cessation success rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalAddiction Research and Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2013


  • Commitment to cessation
  • Smoking cessation
  • Social support
  • Triggers
  • Urge to smoke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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