Tindle HA, Shiffman S. Smoking cessation behavior among intermittent smokers versus daily smokers. American journal of public health. 2011 Jul;101(101). e1-3. Smoking Cessation Behavior Among Intermittent Smokers Versus Daily Smokers PMID: 21566030 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC3110242 NIHMSID: NIHMS470467.
Nondaily intermittent smokers (ITS) are common, but their cessation behavior remains elusive. We examined cessation of native-ITS (n = 2040), converted-ITS (n = 1808), and daily smokers (DS; n = 25 344). All ITS were more likely than were DS to make a quit attempt (native-ITS adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 1.60, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.42, 1.80; converted-ITS AOR = 3.33, 95% CI = 2.93, 3.78). Native-ITS (18%) and converted-ITS (27%) were more likely than were DS (13%) to quit smoking (native-ITS AOR = 1.34, 95% CI = 1.07, 1.67; converted-ITS AOR = 2.36, 95% CI = 2.01, 2.78), but the low cessation rates of ITS challenge their nonaddicted status.