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Meeting Health Information Needs Outside Of Healthcare by Alla Keselman, Catherine Arnott Smith

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“You will be glad you hung onto this quit”

Sharing information and giving support when stopping smoking online

Marie-Thérèse Rudolf von Rohr     Department of English Linguistics, University of Basel, Switzerland; Swiss National Science Foundation Project Language and Health Online

Abstract

This linguistic study investigates information exchange with a focus on persuasion, in an online smoking cessation forum, based on a small corpus of discussion threads. Fellow quitters share information about how to best deal with their quit-smoking journey; they encourage each other to persevere in quitting and give each other advice on medication or coping with withdrawal symptoms. According to interpersonal pragmatics, these interactions always feature both ...

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