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Tobacco Treatment: Year One Outcomes

Program Review

  • Time frame: September 8, 2014 to August 31, 2015
  • Treasure Valley outpatient clinics located within SLICA Meridian and SLICA Jefferson
  • Quit status is self-reported by patients through phone calls at 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.
  • All patients are referred to Project Filter

We had 849 referrals, 220 enrollments, and 81 quits, for a 26% enrollment and 37% quit rate for those enrolled. In addition, nearly 100% of enrolled patients have reduced their tobacco use. 11 patients relapsed after quitting with our program; five of those quit a second time with us.

162 providers referred to our program, ranging from one to 48 referrals, with an average of five referrals per provider. We had 220 new patient visits and 236 follow-up, for a total of 456 visits. There were 164 no-shows, which may show the ambivalence toward quitting tobacco.


  • High quit rate compared to nationally reported rates from other programs
  • Strong relationships with patients built through extensive one-on-one appointments
  • Close monitoring through weekly phone calls in between in-person visits
  • No reports of adverse medical events or adverse outcomes
  • Significant risk reduction by reducing tobacco use in patients who have not fully quit yet
  • Utilizing RNs and LMSWs to keep labor costs as low as possible
  • Staff are Mayo Clinic trained as tobacco treatment specialists
  • Highly supported by nearly all primary care and subspecialties; referrals received from 16 different specialty sources
  • Project filter partnership for additional counseling support and free medications