Hospitals are smoke free zones. So when smokers are admitted to the hospital , they must leave their cigarettes behind. This can be a good opportunity to try to quit.
A study in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association examined whether offering medication and counseling to smokers in the hospital, would help them stay smoke free after leaving.
Researcher Dr. Nancy A. Rigotti, Massachusetts General Hospital says, "we looked to see whether the treatment worked as well in different kinds of smokers, black, white, men, women, rich, poor and so forth. And we found that it worked well in all kinds of smokers."
WTAJ surveyed several hospitals in our region to see if they offered to help patients stop smoking. UPMC Altoona, Penn Highlands Healthcare Hospitals In Brookville, Clearfield, Dubois and Elk, and Mount Nittany Medical Center. all provide smoking cessation information and offer to connect patients with resources such as the nicotine patch to help them quit.