When smokers are hospitalized they quit smoking, either voluntarily or involuntarily. Most
of them, however, go back to smoking soon after discharge. This study will test an
innovative approach which includes dispensing nicotine patches at discharge, providing
proactive telephone counseling post discharge, or giving a combination of the two. The
interventions are aimed at increasing the long term quit rate of these patients.
The specific aims of the study are to demonstrate the effects of two interventions,
dispensing nicotine patches at discharge and providing proactive telephone counseling soon
after discharge, on 12-month quit rates of hospitalized smokers in a 2 x 2 factorial design.
18 years or older
Smoke >=6 Cigarettes per day
English or Spanish speaking
Valid phone number
Gave consent to participate in study and evaluation