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Article: Short-term impact of new smoke-free legislation on the utilization of a quitline in Hong Kong

TitleShort-term impact of new smoke-free legislation on the utilization of a quitline in Hong Kong
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Issue Date2009
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Nicotine And Tobacco Research, 2009, v. 11 n. 4, p. 356-361 How to Cite?
AbstractIntroduction: New smoke-free legislation implemented in Hong Kong on 1 January 2007, prohibited smoking in the vast majority of indoor workplaces and public places. Experiences of western countries indicated that the need for smoking cessation services would increase after enactment of the smoke-free legislation, but no systematic study of this issue has been undertaken in Southeast Asia. The present study aimed to examine the impact of smoke-free legislation in promoting smoking cessation through a local quitline. Methods: The present study reports the results of a telephone survey using interrupted time-series analysis. We operated a toll-free smoking cessation hotline (quitline) for the general public from August 2005 to September 2007. The present study measured the percent change in the number of telephone calls received and handled before and after the smoke-free legislation. Results: We evaluated the quitline for 9-month periods before (January-September 2006) and after (January-September 2007) the smoke-free legislation was implemented. The call rate in the initial period was 27.6 per month compared with 34.9 per month after enactment of the legislation, a 26% increase. Based on interrupted time-series models, the initial impact of the smoke-free legislation was to increase the number of telephone calls received and handled per week (p < 001), but the impact was temporal and deteriorated within 6 months. Discussion: Implementation of the new smoke-free legislation had a short-term effect in promoting the utilization of a smoking cessation quitline in Hong Kong. A systematic and long-term tobacco control campaign should be combined with smoke-free legislation to promote and sustain smokers' interests in smoking cessation. © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/151675
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.811
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.904
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Funding AgencyGrant Number
Hong Kong SAR Government18040084
Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health
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The quitline was supported by the Health Care and Promotion Fund, Hong Kong SAR Government (# 18040084) and Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health.

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dc.contributor.authorChan, SSCen_HK
dc.contributor.authorWong, DCNen_HK
dc.contributor.authorFong, DYTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLeung, AYMen_HK
dc.contributor.authorMak, YWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, DOBen_HK
dc.contributor.authorLam, THen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-26T06:26:26Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-26T06:26:26Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationNicotine And Tobacco Research, 2009, v. 11 n. 4, p. 356-361en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1462-2203en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/151675-
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: New smoke-free legislation implemented in Hong Kong on 1 January 2007, prohibited smoking in the vast majority of indoor workplaces and public places. Experiences of western countries indicated that the need for smoking cessation services would increase after enactment of the smoke-free legislation, but no systematic study of this issue has been undertaken in Southeast Asia. The present study aimed to examine the impact of smoke-free legislation in promoting smoking cessation through a local quitline. Methods: The present study reports the results of a telephone survey using interrupted time-series analysis. We operated a toll-free smoking cessation hotline (quitline) for the general public from August 2005 to September 2007. The present study measured the percent change in the number of telephone calls received and handled before and after the smoke-free legislation. Results: We evaluated the quitline for 9-month periods before (January-September 2006) and after (January-September 2007) the smoke-free legislation was implemented. The call rate in the initial period was 27.6 per month compared with 34.9 per month after enactment of the legislation, a 26% increase. Based on interrupted time-series models, the initial impact of the smoke-free legislation was to increase the number of telephone calls received and handled per week (p < 001), but the impact was temporal and deteriorated within 6 months. Discussion: Implementation of the new smoke-free legislation had a short-term effect in promoting the utilization of a smoking cessation quitline in Hong Kong. A systematic and long-term tobacco control campaign should be combined with smoke-free legislation to promote and sustain smokers' interests in smoking cessation. © The Author 2009. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. All rights reserved.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://ntr.oxfordjournals.org/en_HK
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dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_US
dc.subject.meshAdulten_US
dc.subject.meshAlgorithmsen_US
dc.subject.meshChilden_US
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_US
dc.subject.meshHong Kongen_US
dc.subject.meshHotlines - Utilizationen_US
dc.subject.meshHumansen_US
dc.subject.meshMaleen_US
dc.subject.meshOutcome Assessment (Health Care)en_US
dc.subject.meshSmoking - Legislation & Jurisprudenceen_US
dc.subject.meshSmoking Cessationen_US
dc.subject.meshYoung Adulten_US
dc.titleShort-term impact of new smoke-free legislation on the utilization of a quitline in Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailChan, SSC: scsophia@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.emailLeung, AYM: angleung@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/ntr/ntp025en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume11en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
dc.relation.projectYouth Quitline: an accessible telephone-based smoking cessation hotline for youth-
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