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Systematic review with meta-analysis
Smoking cessation for hospitalised patients: intensive behavioural counselling started in hospital and continued after discharge increases quit rates; with additional benefit from adding nicotine replacement therapy
  1. Jennifer Bowman,
  2. Emily Alice Stockings
  1. School of Psychology, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Jennifer Bowman
    School of Psychology, University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia; Jenny.Bowman{at}

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Commentary on: Rigotti NA, Clair C, Munafò MR, et al. Interventions for smoking cessation in hospitalised patients. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2012;5:CD001837.

Implications for practice and research

  • Hospital-initiated smoking cessation intervention, continued postdischarge for at least 1 month, should become standard practice in all (general) hospital settings.

  • A smoking cessation intervention should be initiated with every smoker during a hospital stay.

  • An important yet neglected area of research is the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions initiated within psychiatric hospital settings.


The provision of a smoking cessation intervention in all clinical healthcare settings has been strongly recommended by expert international reviews.1 The aim of this review was to determine the effectiveness of smoking cessation interventions initiated in the hospital setting, building on an earlier 2007 review.2


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  • Competing interests None.