Instant messaging applications to promote smoking cessation in smokers with chronic diseases: abridged secondary publication
HCW Li1, TH Lam2, KY Ho3, KWK Lam3
1 The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
2 School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
3 School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China
  1. Instant messaging applications are a potentially effective option to deliver brief motivational interviewing to help smokers with chronic diseases quit smoking.
  2. Delivery of brief motivational interviewing through instant messaging applications is more cost-effective than through face-to-face meetings.
  3. The biochemically validated abstinence rate at 12 months is higher (but not significantly) in the intervention than control group (16.7% vs 6.7%, P=0.23).