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Consulting services by phone (also known as quitlines are an effective measure for Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese smokers living in the United States, and should be included in the current services Smoking cessation, according to a study published in the journal of the National cancer Institute.

Quitlines have played a significant role in helping people stop Smoking. However, in the US, these services were never tested with the Asian immigrants who have limited English proficiency. Dr. Shu-Hong Zhu, Professor, Department of family and preventive medicine University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and his colleagues have developed a special procedure for checking the effectiveness of Quitline counseling for Asian immigrants-smokers.

The study was nested in service of the California Quitline running UCSD. Dr. Zhu and his team have developed a culturally focused counseling, which experienced its effectiveness in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese smokers in a large randomized trial. Participants were 2277 adult smokers. Study participants were randomized to receive either a phone consultation and self-help materials or materials for self-help alone. The researchers compared the 6-month rate of abstinence and found that telephone consultations doubled the odds of quitting compared with materials for self-help.

Smokers in the group of telephone consultations showed a greater number who quit Smoking compared with those who were in the self-help group as a whole, and for each language separately.

Read also: Life before and after: a comparison of smokers and quit Smoking

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