Practical Reviews

Quitlines Are Excellent Referral Resource for Smoking Cessation

According to the U.S. Public Health Service–sponsored Clinical Practice Guideline "Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence," even brief clinician-based interventions of 1 to 3 minutes can nearly double a patient's odds of quitting smoking. One possible approach is the Ask-Advise-Refer strategy, which shares the counseling responsibility between providers. Any clinician can initiate the quitting process by asking about tobacco use, advising patients to quit, and then referring them to o more...
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