Predictors of smoking cessation in a sample of italian smokers

Antonio M. Persico

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In this study we identify several pretreatment characteristics which predict abstinence at 6 months. Moreover, the persistence of withdrawal discomfort and of an increased frequency of night awakenings during the first month of abstinence, together with a tendency to "slip" during Weeks II-IV, strongly predicted relapse. Our results suggest that: 1) Predictors of outcome cannot be automatically extended from one cultural context to another; 2) a careful assessment of certain variables, made while the patient is still under treatment, provides significant prognostic hints; 3) ex-smokers' sleeping and dreaming function has been ignored by the literature, whereas they may well be involved into the maintenance of the drug-free state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-695
Number of pages13
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Dreaming function
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Nicotine withdrawal
  • Predictors of abstinence
  • Smoking cessation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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