This has nothing to do with anesthesia however I wanted to share with our readers.
By Kelly Young
Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD
A very brief smoking cessation intervention delivered in emergency departments conferred a higher quit rate than a control program, according to a JAMA Internal Medicine study.
Nearly 1600 Chinese adult smokers who presented to emergency departments in Hong Kong with semiurgent or nonurgent concerns were randomized to a smoking cessation group or a control group. The intervention group received brief advice on smoking cessation that highlighted the increased mortality risk, and participants could choose their own quit schedule. The intervention lasted about 1 minute and cost an additional $0.47 per person. The control group received a smoking cessation leaflet and placebo treatment.
At 6 months, biochemically validated smoking abstinence was higher in the intervention group than the control group (6.7% vs. 2.8%).