An anxiety sensitivity reduction smoking-cessation program for spanish-speaking smokers (Argentina)

Michael J. Zvolensky, Daniel Bogiaizian, Patricio López Salazar, Samantha G. Farris, Jafar Bakhshaie

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The present study evaluated a Spanish-language version of an Anxiety Sensitivity Reduction Program for Smoking Cessation among a sample of daily adult smokers from Argentina (n= 6; Mage= 49.4, SD= 15.43) in an open trial methodological design. To be eligible, each participant expressed a current desire to quit smoking and previous difficulties with anxiety/mood symptoms during past quit attempts (e.g., anxiety, stress, depression, irritability). Participants completed a baseline assessment and received eight 90-minute weekly group sessions. The study involved one doctoral-level and two graduate-level therapists. Follow-up visits were scheduled at 1, 2, 4, 8, and 12. weeks post-quit day. Smoking status was confirmed biochemically and via self-report at quit day and each follow-up assessment. The treatment yielded positive results in terms of attendance, positive smoking cessation outcome (5 out of 6 were abstinent at 12-week follow-up), and significant reductions in anxiety sensitivity. The results suggest potential clinical utility among Spanish-speaking smokers for an anxiety-sensitivity smoking cessation program in regard to cessation outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-363
Number of pages14
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology


  • Anxiety sensitivity
  • Negative affect
  • Smoking cessation
  • South America (Argentina)
  • Treatment development


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