The Tobacco-Dependence Clinic: Intensive Tobacco-Dependence Treatment in an Addiction Services Outpatient Setting

Authors

  • Milan Khara MBChB, CCFP, ABAM,

    1. Vancouver Costal Health Tobacco Dependence Clinic, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    2. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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  • Chizimuzo T.C. Okoli PhD, MPH

    1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    2. British Columbia Center of Excellence for Women's Health, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Address correspondence to Dr. Okoli, British Columbia Center of Excellence for Women's Health, E311 - 4500 Oak Street, Box 48, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1 Canada. E-mail: cokoli@cw.bc.ca.

Abstract

We present outcomes from an intensive tobacco-dependence treatment program for addiction services clients at three different sites. Data from 202 participants were analyzed. For individuals who completed the program, the abstinence rate was 43%. Not having a primary substance use history and a lower carbon monoxide (CO) level at intake predicted abstinence; whereas being female, the particular site of intervention, receiving both nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and oral medication, and having a lower CO level at baseline predicted program completion. Drug treatment clients can successfully quit smoking at rates similar to the general population when given access to intensive tobacco-dependence treatment. (Am J Addict 2010;00:1–11)

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