Intensive smoking cessation programmes can be highly effective for hospitalised patients, US research suggests.
Researchers studied 209 smokers admitted to a coronary care unit with unstable angina, myocardial infarction or severe coronary heart disease.
Subjects were randomised to an intensive smoking cessation programme or usual care. The intensive programme included 30 minutes of counselling prior to discharge followed by counselling and treatment for a further 12 weeks.
After two years, 39% of intervention patients had given up smoking compared with 9% of controls.
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