Experience of Smoking Cessation Treatment Program in Korea: Results from a Qualitative Study

병의원 금연치료프로그램 참여자의 금연 경험: 질적 연구

  • Pyo, Jeehee (Korea Counseling Graduate University) ;
  • Ock, Minsu (Korea Counseling Graduate University) ;
  • Lee, Jae Wook (Korea Counseling Graduate University) ;
  • Han, Young-Joo (Korea Counseling Graduate University) ;
  • Jo, Min-Woo (Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine) ;
  • Lee, Jung Ah (Department of Family Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine)
  • 표지희 (한국상담대학원대학교) ;
  • 옥민수 (한국상담대학원대학교) ;
  • 이재욱 (한국상담대학원대학교) ;
  • 한영주 (한국상담대학원대학교) ;
  • 조민우 (울산대학교 의과대학 예방의학교실) ;
  • 이정아 (울산대학교 의과대학 서울아산병원 가정의학과)
  • Received : 2017.07.27
  • Accepted : 2017.10.13
  • Published : 2017.12.31


Background: The objectives of this study were to identify the reasons of quitting smoking, to determine the factors that make it difficult or helpful to maintain smoking cessation and to confirm the changes after the smoking cessation. Methods: This study was conducted an in-depth interview with people who participated in the smoking cessation treatment program. There were 10 participants and they were interviewed thoroughly for 14 times. Using the directed content analysis, we analyzed the transcript which was written by recording the interview and the researchers' note. Results: The results of this study are summarized as 'the experience while at the verge of smoking cessation and stepping over the verge of smoking cessation,' 'the changing experience due to smoking cessation,' and 'maintaining the changes through overcoming re-smoking.' The smoking cessation treatment program induced the smokers to quit smoking. Participants mentioned drinking alcohol was the major obstacle to maintain smoking cessation. Also, they noted that the money and the time that were already spent to quit smoking helped their smoking cessation as well as the social relations which helped to prevent re-smoking. Participants felt well-cared through the smoking cessation treatment program and that it helped them to maintain smoking cessation. Conclusion: Smoking cessation treatment program has a positive effect on the smoking cessation trial and maintenance. In order for smokers to overcome re-smoking, educations regarding drinking problem, formation of supportive social relationship, and the applications for smoking cessation will be beneficial.


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