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Embedding smoking cessation programs into community clinics

Institution: Friends Research Institute, Inc.
Investigator(s): Theodore Friedman, M.D., Ph.D.
Award Cycle: 2019 (Cycle 28) Grant #: 28CP-0040 Award: $1,822,584
Subject Area: Tobacco-Use Prevention and Cessation
Award Type: Community Practice-Based Research

Initial Award Abstract
Cigarette smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. Patients seen by the health departments within the Los Angeles County Health Agency smoke more than other Californians, and there is less services to help them to stop smoking than in other health systems. In this grant, we will set up a comprehensive smoking cessation program in clinics serving Los Angeles County patients with physical and mental disorders that will offer group counseling as well as medications for smoking cessation. This study would determine the effectiveness of these clinics and, if effective, we are planning to continue them when the grant ends.