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Smoking cessation rate among outpatients at a cancer hospital
  1. Division of Epidemiology
  2. Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute
  3. Nagoya, Japan
  1. Dr Hamajima, Division of Epidemiology, Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute, 1–1 Kanokoden, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464–8681, Japan;nhamajim{at}

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Editor,—We examined the smoking cessation rate among outpatients two months after their first visit to Aichi Cancer Center Hospital, where no programmed cessation support for smokers was provided. Subjects were first-visit outpatients who participated in a lifestyle questionnaire survey, HERPACC (Hospital-based Epidemiologic Research Program at Aichi Cancer Center)1 between 16 September 1997 and 11 September 1998. HERPACC identified 1304 smokers, of whom 1131 (86.7%) agreed to participate in the follow-up study. A brief questionnaire including questions on disease diagnosed (“cancer”, “non-cancerous disease”, “no …

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