The National Cancer Institute has awarded University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers a $500,000, two-year grant to dramatically expand tobacco cessation treatment services for patients at the NC Cancer Hospital. Starting January of 2018, program leaders at UNC’s Tobacco Treatment Program (formerly the Nicotine Dependence Program) have been utilizing the grant to expand their reach. Key milestones thus far include systematic identification and documentation that notifies clinicians when qualifying patients come through the hospital, the hiring of an additional LCSW clinician and part-time research manager, and the ongoing development of an online smoking cessation intervention to reach even more patients and families in the future. In just the first five months, the program is already better integrated into clinic workflows and the amount of patients reached by the program has doubled.

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