An approach by community physicians to quitting smoking
In order to promote quitting activities in communities, we developed a kind of voluntary contract between smokers and physicians in a community in Beijing. Doctors responsible for primary health care gave regular health education programmes and monitored smokers who had entered into a contract to quit. Data were obtained during 1992–94 for 340 smokers with an average consumption of 13 cigarettes per day; 53% of the smokers were retired. After personal education sessions, 65 smokers succeeded in stopping (19%) and 187 reduced their consumption (55%). The results suggest that this method is successful, especially among older persons.