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Smoking Cessation

Summary: Pro-Change’s Smoking Cessation program assists smokers in all stages of quitting and helps those who have quit to stay smoke-free.

Multiple studies have found TTM based individualized interventions for smoking cessation to produce long-term abstinence rates within the range of 22 – 26%. Those interventions have also consistently outperformed alternative interventions including action-oriented self-help programs1, non-interactive manual-based programs2, and other common interventions.3

Furthermore, these interventions continued to move smokers to abstinence even after the studies concluded. For a summary of smoking cessation clinical outcomes, see Velicer et al., 2007.4

Online Program

We have self-directed (samples below) and coaching versions of our online Smoking Cessation program.

Smoking Sample Screen
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Fully tailored text messaging based on a participant’s stage, pros and cons, confidence, and processes of change is now integrated into Pro-Change’s Smoking Cessation Program. Frequency of message delivery and total number of messages is dependent on stage of change. The content of the messages is determined based on responses to the reliable and valid assessments within the computer-tailored intervention. Specific messages around techniques for quitting and additional support are sent the seven days surrounding an intended quit date. Reminder messages are also included to prompt individuals to return to the program at pre-determined intervals.

In a recent trial, the addition of tailored text messaging increased the effectiveness of our best practices by 31.7% percent. In addition, the text messages increased engagement with the program, and qualitative feedback regarding the text message portion of the program has been overwhelmingly positive.

Our online smoking cessation program is currently being used by Care New England in a study determining the role incentives play in quitting smoking. Read more about this collaboration on Rhode Island news station, NBC10, here.

Youth Tobacco Cessation

We now have a tobacco cessation program specifically for youth built on the same Transtheoretical Model principals as the adult program.

Printed Manual

Smoking Printed Manual Sample Page

A Guide for Smoking Cessation

A stage-based manual to help all adult smokers.

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For ordering information, see our manuals order page.


  • At 6 months 22% no longer smoke
  • At 12 months 24% no longer smoke

Results Published

1.Prochaska, J.O., DiClemente, C.C., Velicer, W.F., and Rossi, J.S. (1993) Standardized, individualized, interactive and personlized self-help programs for smoking cessation. Health Psychology, 12, 299-405.

2.Velicer, W.F. and Prochaska, J.O. (1999). An expert system for smoking cessation. Patient Education and Counseling, 36, 119-129.

3.Prochaska, J.O., Velicer, W.F., Fava, J.L., Rossi, J.S. and Tsoh, J.Y. (2001). Evaluating a population-based recruitment approach and a stage-based expert system intervention for smoking cessation. Addictive Behaviors, 26, 583-602.

4.Velicer, W.F., Sun, X., Redding, C.A., and Prochaska, J.O. (2007). Demographic variables, smoking variables, and outcomes across five studies. Health Psychology, 26, 278-287.