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The 13th World Conference on Tobacco OR Health

Building capacity for a tobacco-free world

July 12-15, 2006, Washington, DC, USA

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 12:00 PM

Bringing Tobacco Intervention to the Community at Large

Dannie Steeves, BEd, MEd(Cand), Tobacco Intervention, Capital Health Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services, 300 Pleasent Street, Dartmouth, NS B2Y2Z6, Canada

Objective: In March of 2002 Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services in the Capital Health District (pop 410,000) was asked to provide a community wide intervention specifically for tobacco addiction that would be cost efficient and clinically effective.

Methods: Since that time we have offered over 4000 tobacco users a 60 minute minimal intervention session (Getting Started) with an invitation to a more intensive 240 minute treatment option (Keeping It Going).

The tobacco intervention offered by Addiction Prevention and Treatment Services is taken directly to the wide variety communities its serves. We have offered our unique treatment option to the general public, the chronically mentally ill, the chemically dependent, the young and those in the workforce.

Results: We have achieved a 32% cessation rate 6 months post treatment with 44% using less tobacco and still trying to stop. The cost associated with treating one person is $258.00. This includes an 8 week supply of nicotine patch or gum.

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