Paper Type

Doctoral Project


Brooks College of Health

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. School of Nursing

First Advisor

Dr. Barbara Kruger

Second Advisor

Dr. Carol Ledbetter

Rights Statement

Third Advisor

Dr. Kris Vandenberg

Department Chair

Dr. Lillia Loriz

College Dean

Dr. Pamela Chally



Purpose: The purpose of this project was to evaluate outcomes of an existing inpatient tobacco cessation counseling program with 30-day follow-up among recently admitted tobacco-dependent patients who were tobacco-dependent.

Background/Significance: Tobacco use is considered the number one most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Despite associated dangers, approximately 21% Americans currently smoke. This has led to increased hospital admissions and chronic disease management, costing the United States approximately $96 billion per year. Decades of research and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines substantiate that inpatient tobacco cessation counseling has the potential to improve quit rates post-hospital discharge.

Method: This quality improvement project utilized existing hospital data containing demographic and medical information about patients and tobacco use behaviors. The goal was to answer the question: Does the provision of a tobacco cessation program initiated during hospitalization for persons who are tobacco-dependent (a) increase quit attempts or (b) reduce tobacco consumption? The electronic medical record was queried for data related to: demographics, insurance type, and diagnosis. Data related to smoking status and the intervention was extracted from a paper chart maintained by the certified tobacco treatment specialist.

Results: Out of 176 tobacco-dependent patients admitted to the hospital, 100 (57%) indicated an intention to quit (at admission time) while only 40 (23%) reported having quit within 30 days post discharge (McNemar Test, p=0.000, n=176). The mean number of cigarettes smoked per day dropped from 19 cigarettes on admission to 13 cigarettes post discharge. [t (158)=6.7476, p=0.000].

Conclusions: This quality improvement project showed that although an inpatient smoking cessation program did not improve quit rates, it did significantly improve reduction in tobacco consumption.