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Smoking Cessation in Alcoholics

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland Identifier:
First received: August 20, 2009
Last updated: March 9, 2015
Last verified: March 2015
Most alcohol-dependent individuals are heavy smokers. The aim of this study is to evaluate whether a specific smoking cessation program (based on cognitive-behavioral therapy) for inpatient alcohol-dependent smokers is more effective than a control condition (treatment as usual).

Condition Intervention
Smoking Cessation Alcohol Consumption Behavioral: Cognitive-behavioural smoking cessation program Behavioral: Autogenic training

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Secondary Prevention of Tobacco Dependence in Alcohol-dependent Patients - a Randomized, Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of Smoke-free Patients [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

    Smoke-free defined with following measures:

    • patients self-report about smoking in the last 7 days (yes/no)
    • CO-level (smoke-free <10ppm)
    • urine sample (cotinine)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Drinking in the Last 7 Days (Patients Report + Urine Sample) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Enrollment: 103
Study Start Date: July 2007
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: January 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intervention group
Cognitive-behavioural smoking cessation program
Behavioral: Cognitive-behavioural smoking cessation program
It's a cognitive-behavioural intervention for smoking cessation. Originally based on a 6 week program designed for outpatients (Batra & Buchkremer 2004). This program was then specifically tailored for inpatient use with additional information addressing the interaction of smoking and drinking and its consequences.
Other Name: Nichtraucher in 6 Wochen (Batra & Buchkremer)
Control group
Autogenic training
Behavioral: Autogenic training
Learning and exercising of autogenic training. There's evidence that autogenic training is not effective in smoking cessation.
Other Name: Autogenous Training

Detailed Description:
The study is designed as a randomised, controlled trial conducted in an inpatient alcohol treatment institution. Shortly after alcohol detoxification, smokers are offered to voluntarily participate in a smoking cessation program. Participation is possible if patients either want to stop smoking or to reduce their consumption for at least 50%. Patients are asked about their smoking behaviour at the following time points: at admission (T0), after finishing the smoking cessation program or the control condition (T1), one month later by phone (T2) and six months later in a closing meeting (T3). Urine samples and CO-breath controls are taken to check both nicotine and alcohol abstinence.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • alcohol-dependent
  • smoker
  • intend to stop or reduce smoking for at least 50%

Exclusion Criteria:

  • taking part in another smoking cessation program
  • being pregnant
  • not able to understand instruction due to cognitive impairment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00963482

Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel
Basel, Switzerland, CH-4025
Sponsors and Collaborators
University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
Principal Investigator: Gerhard A. Wiesbeck, Prof. Dr. Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Basel
  More Information

Responsible Party: University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland Identifier: NCT00963482     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BAG - 06.004264
Study First Received: August 20, 2009
Results First Received: February 1, 2012
Last Updated: March 9, 2015

Keywords provided by University Hospital, Basel, Switzerland:
Harm reduction
Alcohol drinking
Treatment outcome
Treatment effectiveness

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Alcohol Drinking
Drinking Behavior
Anti-Infective Agents, Local
Anti-Infective Agents
Central Nervous System Depressants
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on September 19, 2017