Tobacco smoke claims approximately 6000 lives annually in BC. In this study, the
investigators will determine whether referring smoking patients from the Vancouver General
Hospital Emergency Department to the investigators provincial QuitNow smoking cessation
service will lead to improved patient outcomes, including number of cigarettes smoked, any
quit attempts, and actual smoking cessation.
Participants in the usual care arm will receive standard care. Participants in the
intervention arm will be eligible for referral to QuitNow Services, where telephone
counseling will be offered. Further follow-up on all enrolled patients will be conducted at
1, 3, 6, and 12 months to re-assess smoking status.
The investigators hypothesis is that the intervention arm will have a higher quit rate that
the control arm.