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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Diana Whitehead


Forty-six million individuals in the United States used tobacco products. People who use

tobacco products attempt numerous strategies before giving up smoking habit altogether. The goal of this project was to evaluate the impact of a tobacco cessation program by evaluating pre-and post-cessation program data, and hospital records of participants attending the hospital smoking cessation program over a 6-month period to ascertain the degree of reduction in tobacco use and hospitalization from smoking-related diseases. The population sample comprised of both men and women between the ages of 18 years and above. The project question addressed whether the smoking cessation program had an impact on reducing the rate of tobacco use and hospital readmissions after attending a cessation program at a medical center. A paired samples t-test was conducted to analyze the pretest and posttest results. There was a statistically significant decrease (p <.001) in the participants' (N=49) rate of smoking after completing the smoking cessation program that lasted 6 months. The mean on smoking cessation pre-participation was 13.7 (SD = 1.56). The mean on smoking cessation post-six months participation was 6.67 (SD = 1.81). There was a statistically significant decrease in the rate of hospital admissions among participants. The mean on pre-participation hospital admissions was 4.18 (SD = .727). The mean on post-participation hospital admissions was 1.41 (SD = .643). Smoking cessation programs impact social change by improving the quality of life of participants and their families and decreasing the financial impact of hospital readmission


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