The Effects of Text Message and Infographic on Reducing the Number Cigarettes Consumption: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Document Type : Research Articles

Authors

1 Health Systems Science Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Mahasarakham University, Muang, Maha Sarakham, Thailand.

2 Emergency Medical Operation, Faculty of Medicine, Mahasarakham University, Muang, Maha Sarakham, Thailand.

Abstract

Objective: To test the effect of a text-message and infographic to promote smokers quit smoking.

Methods: A randomized control trial was conducted in two provinces of northeast Thailand. Three hundred and ninety-six participants were allocated to either a text-message and infographic group or a control group. We assessed the primary outcome by self-reported 7-day point prevalence smoking abstinence. Multiple logistic regression was used to test the effect of quitting smoking.

Results: At 3-month follow-up, lost to follow-up 16 participants, 380 participants were included for analysis. The difference in the rate of quitting smoking between the intervention and control groups was not found a statistical significance (17.8% versus 11.6%). However, we found a statistically significant difference in the number of cigarettes smokes (the difference: -1.74; 95%CI: -2.63, -0.84).

Conclusion: No effect of text message and infographic for help smokers to quit smoking. However, the intervention showed a decrease in the number of cigarettes smoked.

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Volume 21, Issue 11
November 2020
Pages 3413-3419
  • Receive Date: 09 September 2020
  • Revise Date: 29 October 2020
  • Accept Date: 24 November 2020
  • First Publish Date: 24 November 2020