Smoking Cessation Help for the Elderly

February 1, 2003
Oncology, ONCOLOGY Vol 17 No 2, Volume 17, Issue 2

Aseven-state pilot project will study the best way to help oldersmokers kick their nicotine habit. The program, financed by theCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will testcounseling in person and by phone, a prescription smoking cessationdrug, nicotine patches, and education materials. The 1-year MedicareStop Smoking Program will be conducted in Alabama, Florida, Missouri,Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, which were selectedusing a formula that included the prevalence of older smokers. Additionalinformation on the program is available at 1-866-652-3446.

A seven-state pilot project will study the best way to help older smokers kick their nicotine habit. The program, financed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will test counseling in person and by phone, a prescription smoking cessation drug, nicotine patches, and education materials. The 1-year Medicare Stop Smoking Program will be conducted in Alabama, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, which were selected using a formula that included the prevalence of older smokers. Additional information on the program is available at 1-866-652-3446.