- More than half of smokers who quit smoking after undergoing a lung health check at a community-based lung cancer screening (LCS) program located in an underserved area cited the program as the reason for quitting.
Why this matters
- Incorporating smoking cessation in LCS and offering lung health checks in traditionally underserved areas could increase the odds smokers may quit.
- 919 ever-smokers aged 55-74 years underwent a lung health check, including brief smoking cessation advice and lung cancer risk assessment.
- 1-year follow-up.
- Funding: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.
- Mean smoking duration was 43.3 years (51 pack-years).
- 50.3% were current smokers.
- At 1 year, 10.2% of current smokers had stopped smoking for ≥4 weeks, 79% of whom had quit for >6 months.
- After multivariable adjustment, quitting smoking was associated with having baseline respiratory symptoms (aOR, 2.62; P=.035).
- 5.3% of former smokers at baseline relapsed.
- Among current smokers, the lung health check made 44% consider stopping, 29% try to quit, 25% smoke less, and 10% look for help to stop.
- 55% of those who quit between baseline and the first CT scan cited the program as the reason.
- Smoking status was self-reported.