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Systematic identification and treatment of smokers by hospital based cessation practitioners in a secondary care setting: cluster randomised controlled trial

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4004 (Published 08 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4004

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Re: Systematic identification and treatment of smokers by hospital based cessation practitioners in a secondary care setting: cluster randomised controlled trial

I fully agree with the authors and their conclusions despite the flaw in the design of the study as highlighted by David J Torgerson.

A patient who is admitted with acute illness is highly perceptive to suggestion of cessation, more so if smoking is contributing factor in admitting illness. All smoker/smokeless tobacco user patients who are admitted at our center receive brief counselling at the time of admission, at discharge and every subsequent followup visit with good abstinence results to the tune of 20% without any pharmacological intervention. Although relapse rate is high after six months.

Competing interests: No competing interests

18 July 2013
Sandeep Tak
Physician and Associate Professor Of Medicine
Dr. SN Medical College, Jodhpur, India
Dr. SN Medical College, Jodhpur, India