The PROVEN Method for Ending the Smoking Habit

Code of Practice


Peer Review Committee on National Smoking Cessation Programs (USA)

Code of Practice for Smoking Cessation Programs


The national organizations listed below have developed and subscribe to the following Code of Practice for group programs of smoking cessation. They, thereby, have agreed that all such programs conducted under their agencies will comply with this code of self-regulation. The Code of Practice is intended to provide assurance and protection to individuals seeking assistance in smoking cessation. It is not intended either to endorse or to interfere with the methodology or content of any program or eliminate its unique features. The Code will be reviewed annually by the subscribing organizations.

  1. Criteria of Success
  2. Complete cessation, and continued abstinence from smoking for one year, should be the primary criteria of success. A uniform approach to the determination of rates of success is set forth in Standards for the Evaluation of Group Smoking Cessation Program.

  3. Disclosure
  4. Program participants should be given an accurate description of the services rendered including a general explanation of the treatment approach, time and costs involved and qualifications of leaders or facilitators.

    Introductory sessions or some other method of informing participants of the major facts about the program, including any possible physiological risks involved, should be provided. Participants with relevant medical problems should be referred to their family physicians.

  5. Continuity/Availability
  6. Maintenance programs or other services should be available to participants (or past participants who require continued help).

    Each program should have some provision for furnishing information, counseling or referral to the participants who do not respond to its approach.

  7. Training of Leaders
  8. Only adequately trained and experienced individuals should be allowed to lead groups.

    A written protocol for training and written criteria for evaluation of leaders should be on file in each organization.

  9. Program Uniformity
  10. Programs identified with a particular organization should be similar, unless otherwise noted.

    Each organization should plan for quality control and standardization of its approved program models.

  11. Record Keeping
  12. Adequate records of all participants should be maintained in accordance with the standards set forth in Standards for the Evaluation of Group Smoking Cessation Programs.

  13. Evaluation
  14. All national organisations should carry out evaluation of theit own programs on at least an annual basis in accordance with Standards for the Evaluation of Group Smoking Cessation Programs.

    Reports of these annual evaluations should be made to the Peer Review Committee on National Smoking Cessation Progtams. In addition, organizations should partizipate in peer-reviewed evaluation as request bs this body.

  15. Advertising, Promotion and Public Relations
  16. No quantitative claims of success should be made in advertising.

    No guarantees of success should be made.

    Statistics cited to the press should be referred to peer–reviewed evaluation conducted in accordance with Standards for the Evaluation of Group Smoking Cessation Programs and must include results both at the end of treatment and after one year.

  17. Human Dignity
  18. All programs should respect the human dignity of their participants. There should be no discrimination in admission to or treatment in programs on the basis of race, religion, color or sex. All records should be confidential and lists of names should not be sold to outside groups without the approval of the participants.


American Cancer Society

American Health Foundation

American Heart Association

American Lung Association

Five-Day Plan to Stop Smoking

SMOKENDERS International


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