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Expanding Uptake of Hospital-based Tobacco-use Cessation Supports Across Ontario

While tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death and disease in Canada, kills more than 16,000 Ontario residents each year, and is a key driver of healthcare costs, Ontario hospitals lack a common, feasible, cost-effective and sustainable approach to delivering tobacco-use cessation supports. Since tobacco-related illness can boost a user’s motivation to quit, and brings them into healthcare settings where providers have an opportunity to encourage and enable tobacco cession, hospitals are in a unique position to identify tobacco users, initiate cessation supports, and facilitate appropriate follow-up. This project included an evidence brief that examined the need for, existence of, and potential to improve, hospital-based tobacco-cessation supports, which was the focus of deliberations at a stakeholder dialogue. (Dialogue held January 18, 2012)
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