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A qualitative exploration of smokers' views regarding aspects of a community-based mobile stop smoking service in the United Kingdom

Manpreet Bains*, Andrea Venn, Rachael L Murray, Ann McNeill and Laura L Jones

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UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

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BMC Public Health 2011, 11:873  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-873

Published: 16 November 2011



Developing more accessible stop smoking services (SSS) is important, particularly for reaching smokers from socio-economically deprived groups who are more likely to smoke and less likely to quit in comparison to their more affluent counterparts. A drop-in mobile SSS (MSSS) was piloted across 13 locations in socio-economically deprived areas of Nottingham.


Semi-structured telephone interviews were conducted to explore the views of 40 smokers who registered with the MSSS.


The MSSS appeared to trigger quit attempts. For some of the participants the attempt was totally unplanned; for others, it built on pre-existing thoughts about quitting which had not yet been acted upon. Smokers interested in quitting were comfortable about approaching the MSSS, whilst acknowledging that they did not feel pressured to register with the service. The drop-in format of the MSSS was found to be more appealing than making an appointment. In addition, several participants articulated that they may not have utilised other SSS had they not come across the MSSS.


A MSSS may be an effective way to prompt quit attempts for smokers not planning to quit and also reach smokers who would not engage with SSS.