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Am J Addict. 2011 Jan-Feb;20(1):45-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2010.00096.x. Epub 2010 Nov 8.

The tobacco-dependence clinic: intensive tobacco-dependence treatment in an addiction services outpatient setting.

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Vancouver Costal Health Tobacco Dependence Clinic, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


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. 

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