Simple intervention could help smokers kick the habit

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A simple and inexpensive intervention could help smokers who are motivated to quit after a hospital stay.

A simple and inexpensive intervention could help smokers who are motivated to quit after a hospital stay.

(NBC) - A simple and inexpensive intervention could help smokers who are motivated to quit after a hospital stay.

Researchers divided hospitalized smokers into an intervention group that got automated telephone calls and free medication for three months, or a control group that got advice on how to quit.

At their six month follow up, 26 percent of the intervention group had abstained from smoking, compared to only 15 percent of the control group.

Those in the intervention group were also more likely to be tobacco-free beyond six months after being discharged from the hospital.


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