P. Tillgren, B. Haglund, H. Gilljam
Aug 1, 1992
European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation
The main objective of the Stockholm Cancer Prevention Programme (SCPP) is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality among the 1.6 million inhabitants in Stockholm county by reducing risk factors particularly related to lifestyle. The objective of the SCPP's tobacco action programme is to reduce the number of adult daily users of tobacco (including oral snuff) to 20% by the year 2000. In 1988, a nationwide Quit and Win contest was conceived as part of this long-term programme. The contest recruited nearly 13,000 participants or 0.6% of the daily tobacco users in Sweden over the age of 16 years. More than 60% of the participants were recruited from Stockholm county. This corresponds to 1.9% of the daily tobacco users in Stockholm county compared with 0.3% in the rest of Sweden. The pharmacies and the public health services organizations were the principal distributors of contest entry forms. Sixty-two percent of the men and 59% of the women were tobacco free one month after the contest, and after 6 months the corresponding figures were 30 and 25%, respectively.