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Public Health Clinical Demonstration Project for Smoking Cessation in American Veterans who Served

Wednesday, October 12, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Zaborowski DE Dedert EA, Straits-Troster K, Lee S, Wilson SM, Calhoun PS, Moore SD, Acheson S, Hamlett-Berry KW, Beckham JC. J Addict Med. 2011 Mar;5(1):79-83.
This clinical demonstration project was designed to increase the reach of tobacco cessation treatments to a population of Veterans who had served in the military since September 11, 2001. Invitation letters were sent to 609 veteran smokers. Those indicating interest were called and offered referral to telephone counseling through the National Cancer Institute's Smoking QuitLine, web-based counseling, and quit-smoking medications. Seven percent of survey recipients participated in treatment. Of those completing a follow-up survey, 23% reported maintaining smoking abstinence. The project reached 8.6% of the targeted population (those who accessed the intervention), and a 24-hour abstinence impact rate of 2.2% (number of smokers with a 24-hour abstinence divided by the number of targeted smokers). The authors conclude that this project enhanced access to care and promoted short-term quitting among Veterans.

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