Maintenance of tobacco cessation programmes in public hospitals in Catalonia, Spain

Addict Behav. 2015 Mar;42:136-9. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.11.028. Epub 2014 Nov 26.


Introduction: The provision of smoking cessation interventions in hospitals has been strongly recommended. The aim of this study is to determine the maintenance of smoking cessation programmes for inpatients and hospital workers in hospitals of Catalonia (Spain) seven years after the implementation of a Tobacco Cessation Programme.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in all hospitals that offer public service in Catalonia, Spain (n=73). An online questionnaire was sent to all coordinators of the smoke-free hospital project or managers of each hospital. The survey included questions about the type of hospital, type of programmes implemented and availability and source of smoking cessation drugs.

Results: Responses to the questionnaire were submitted by 58 hospitals (79.5%). 74% and 93.1% of the hospitals had smoking cessation programmes for inpatients and workers, respectively. Most of the hospitals maintained the programmes and started routinely buying smoking cessation drugs after a period of receiving them free-of-charge. However, 17.2% of the hospitals refused to buy these drugs and 24% never had these drugs available.

Conclusions: Through a supportive Tobacco Cessation Programme, most hospitals have smoking cessation programmes for both patients and workers. Most of them have incorporated smoking cessation drugs as a regular resource in their services' portfolio. The lack of these resources may jeopardise the maintenance of well-established programmes in hospitals.

Keywords: Drug therapy; Health personnel; Hospitals; Inpatients; Nicotine; Smoking cessation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Benzazepines / supply & distribution
  • Bupropion / supply & distribution
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors / supply & distribution
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data
  • Hospitals, Public / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Inpatients
  • Nicotinic Agonists / supply & distribution
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • Quinoxalines / supply & distribution
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data
  • Tobacco Use Cessation Devices / statistics & numerical data
  • Tobacco Use Cessation Devices / supply & distribution*
  • Varenicline


  • Benzazepines
  • Dopamine Uptake Inhibitors
  • Nicotinic Agonists
  • Quinoxalines
  • Bupropion
  • Varenicline