Study Shows Talking to a Nurse Can Help You Quit Smoking

Smoking is a major cause of cancer in the United States, but data from a recent study show that talking to a nurse may help some patients quit the habit.
ALLIE CASEY
PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 06, 2016
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According to a recent study, being hospitalized is a great time for smoking intervention, making nurses potential key players in the process. In fact, self-reported quit rates among hospital patients more than doubled after nurse intervention.
 
“They’re more motivated and nurses can explain how smoking harms their health, including slowing healing,” lead author Sonia Duffy, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., a professor of nursing at The Ohio State University, said in a statement.
 
The 2016 Cancer Progress Report states that tobacco use accounts for approximately 30 percent of cancer deaths in the United States. The same report also states that not using tobacco is the single best way a person can prevent cancer from developing.
 
In this study, 1,528 patients in five community hospitals, all within the Michigan Trinity Health System, were evaluated over the course of three years. Three of the hospitals used an intervention program, while the other two continued with normal patient care routines.  
 
Tobacco Tactics, the program designed for this study, first trained nurses and other staff on strategies to help smokers quit, including identifying triggers and planning strategies to manage cravings. They also learned which quit-smoking aids were likely to help which type of smoker, based on the smoker’s addiction and past attempts at quitting.
 


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