In a new study by Rutgers University, telehealth programs designed to help people quit smoking was shown to reduce tobacco use in the rural prison population in America.

From the study: “To address the lack of resources, the researchers were the first to use video conferencing to deliver group-based smoking cessation counseling to inmates in rural prisons. They also provided inmates with nicotine replacement therapy patches to aid in the cessation process.

“Our experience with the implementation and production of remote group-based smoking cessation treatment allows us to suggest that virtual platforms may be one solution to addressing inequities in access to tobacco cessation among people who are incarcerated.”

To read the study, click here.