Smoking Cessation Consultation - Portuguese League Against Cancer - Northern Branch
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Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro, Núcleo Regional do Norte, Porto, Portugal
Publication date: 2023-04-25
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Monick Leal   

Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro – Núcleo Regional do Norte, Porto, Portugal
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2023;9(Supplement):A61
Smoking is considered a serious public health problem, being one of the main preventable causes of morbidity, disability, and mortality, and is the main modifiable factor causing cancer (Sousa, 2015; Rebelo, 2019). Considering that one of the missions of the Portuguese League Against Cancer – Northern Branch (LPCC- NRN) is health promotion and cancer prevention, Psycho-Oncology Unit implemented a motivational smoking cessation consultation. It´s based on motivational interviewing, which is a person-centered form of direct counseling, to stimulate behavior change through mechanisms of exploring and resolving ambivalence and enhancing readiness for change (Miller & Rollnick, 2013).

Characterize the profile of smokers who seek smoking cessation consultation at the LPCC-NRN, and how they accessed it.

Material and Methods:
This is a descriptive cross-sectional study based on a sociodemographic questionnaire.

54 individuals, aged between 22 and 71 years (M= 44), attended the consultation. Of these, 21 were female (39%), 33 were male (61%). Of all individuals, only 2 (4%) have cancer. 35 individuals (65%) sought consultation on their initiative (different sources of dissemination), and the rest were referred by family members, and friends (31%), health professionals (4%). A total of 236 consultations were carried out.

Results indicate that the majority of individuals seeking consultation at the LPCC-NRN are men, who do so on their own initiative and without associated cancer disease. We concluded that consultation is preferably sought by the general population and, in a minority, of cancer patients. It’s pertinent to understand why only 4% of the sample is composed by cancer patients. That may be explained by the possibility of this population benefit this kind of consultation in the healthcare units where they are treated

We have no conflict of interest in the project.
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