CONTINGENT PAYMENT PROCEDURES FOR SMOKING REDUCTION AND CESSATION

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Abstract

We assessed the ability of a combined contingent reinforcement and intensive monitoring procedure to promote and sustain temporary smoking cessation among 34 hired research volunteers, and the ability of a smoking reduction test to predict the subsequent initiation of abstinence. During the 5‐day cutdown test, subjects were paid from $0 to $6 per day depending on the extent of reduction from baseline CO levels. During the abstinence test, breath samples were obtained three times daily and subjects were paid $4 for each CO reading ≤11 ppm. Sixty‐eight percent of subjects initiated abstinence. Of the breath samples collected during the abstinence test (91% of scheduled samples), 96.5% were ≤11 ppm and 80.5% were ≤8 ppm. Subjects who earned more money during the cutdown test were more likely to abstain (r = −0.51, p < .001). Contingent reinforcement and intensive monitoring procedures appear to have usefulness for analog studies of smoking reduction and cessation. 1986 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

Keywords

  • carbon monoxide breath level
  • contingencies
  • money
  • smoking
  • worksite monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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