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Inpatient intervention with intensive contact after discharge improved smoking cessation rates

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Objective

To compare an inpatient, multicomponent, smoking cessation intervention involving intensive or minimal telephone contact after discharge, with usual care.

Design

Randomised controlled trial with 12 month follow up.

Setting

4 community based hospitals in the USA.

Patients

2024 patients admitted to hospital who reported using tobacco products during the previous month. Exclusion criteria were admission to obstetrical or psychiatric wards, expected hospital stay < 36 hours, inability to read or write English, plans to relocate, impaired consciousness, diagnosed alcohol or drug abuse, involvement in a myocardial infarction rehabilitation programme, or desire to quit on their own or not at all. 82 patients died during …

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