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Salud Pública de México

versión impresa ISSN 0036-3634


PONCIANO-RODRIGUEZ, Guadalupe et al. Enhancing smoking cessation in Mexico using an e-Health tool in primary healthcare. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2018, vol.60, n.5, pp.549-558.  Epub 31-Mayo-2019. ISSN 0036-3634.


To evaluate an e-Health tool designed to enhance smoking cessation in Mexico in primary healthcare.

Materials and methods:

Smokers 18 years of age and older were recruited in the waiting room of two primary healthcare clinics in Mexico City. Participants used an e-Health smoking cessation tool that included smoking-related assessments, education on pharmacotherapy, and motivational videos. A follow-up assessment was conducted at 12 weeks week on smoking status. Logistic regression models were performed to identify factors associated with smoking cessation or consumption reduction.


A total of 132 smokers were enrolled in the study. At follow-up, 23.5% of participants self-reported smoking cessation. Among those who did not quit smoking, 65.0% decreased the number of cigarettes. Factors associated significantly with smoking cessation were: being a non-daily smoker, being interested in quitting smoking, having low level of physical dependence, and participating in cessation treatment.


The e-Health tool produced a high rate of smoking cessation. Better outcomes are obtained when this tool is used with conventional cessation programs.

Palabras llave : smoking cessation; primary health care; information technologies; telemedicine; e-Health.

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