- We are leading the effort to have hospital emergency departments help people stop smoking.
- We conduct ongoing clinical trials on the effectiveness of tobacco cessation intervention in the ED.
- Our tobacco cessation experts are available at the emergency department six days per week.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Smoking or chewing tobacco may increase a patient’s risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary artery disease, lung cancer and stroke. While smokers account for less than 17 percent of the U.S. population, up to 30 to 40 percent of patients seen in emergency departments are smokers.
With this important knowledge of how many emergency room patients smoke, Yale Medicine is at the forefront of a growing movement to initiate smoking cessation interventions there, including several tobacco intervention-related research studies, says Steven L. Bernstein, MD, an emergency medicine physician and the principal investigator of the Yale Medicine emergency department’s tobacco-related studies.