District of Columbia
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of group therapy for cigarette
smoking cessation. The group meets for 8 sessions and includes education and group
discussion about the effects of smoking and ways to cope with withdrawal symptoms and other
challenges to maintaining abstinence. In one condition, the groups also learn techniques
based on cognitive therapy, to help cope with negative feelings.
The comparison condition is the same length as the cognitive behavior therapy condition but
omits the cognitive restructuring component. In both conditions, smokers prepare for a quit
date by using scheduled reduced smoking, which involves smoking on a set schedule that
gradually reduces the number of cigarettes smoked. Post-treatment assessments occur one
week after the end of treatment, and at 3-month followup.
Pre- and post-treatment assessments include measures of coping skills and emotional
acceptance, as well as smoking rate.
- Regular daily smokers interested in quitting
- Significant suicidal ideation