Intensive counseling in hospital helps smokers quit

06/30/2009 | Reuters

A Canadian study showed 54% of hospitalized heart patients who participated in an intensive smoking-cessation program were still abstinent one year later, compared with 35% of patients given standard counseling from a nurse before leaving the hospital. The intensive program included bedside counseling and advice, take-home materials, and phone-based counseling for two months after discharge.

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