Testing the Transtheoretical Model in Predicting Smoking Relapse among Malaysian Adult Smokers Receiving Assistance in Quitting

  • Yasin, Siti Munira (Population Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA) ;
  • Retneswari, Masilamani (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Malaya) ;
  • Moy, Foong Ming (Julius Centre University of Malaya, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya) ;
  • Taib, Khairul Mizan (Faculty of Information Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA) ;
  • Isahak, Marzuki (Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Malaya) ;
  • Koh, David (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore)
  • Published : 2013.04.30


The role of The Transtheoretical Model (TTM) in predicting relapse is limited. We aimed to assess whether this model can be utilised to predict relapse during the action stage. The participants included 120 smokers who had abstained from smoking for at least 24 hours following two Malaysian universities' smoking cessation programme. The smokers who relapsed perceived significantly greater advantages related to smoking and increasing doubt in their ability to quit. In contrast, former smokers with greater self-liberation and determination to abstain were less likely to relapse. The findings suggest that TTM can be used to predict relapse among quitting smokers.


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