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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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ECHER, Isabel Cristina  and  BARRETO, Sérgio Saldanha Menna. Determination and support as successful factors for smoking cessation. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2008, vol.16, n.3, pp.445-451. ISSN 1518-8345.

This study aimed to analyze determination and support as successful factors for smoking cessation. Qualitative study in which 16 individuals from Porto Alegre, Brazil, who had ceased smoking for more than six months, with score > 5 according to Fagerström scale, were interviewed. Information was examined through Content Analysis according to the following steps: pre-analysis, material investigation and result treatment. Smoking cessation was a consequence of a group of factors, with determination (the will to cease smoking and the difficulty to cease smoking) and the received support (occupational; family; social, and spiritual, and through a specific course and support groups) as the focus of this article. The results suggest that the smoker's determination to cease smoking together with the support of society segments and the benefits from that are helpful factors in the smoking cessation process.

Keywords : smoking; smoking cessation; qualitative research.

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