Your role is important in helping patients quit smoking
want their physician to discuss smoking cessation often or at every visit, according to one study.2
Ask your patient at every visit if he or she is currently smoking (even if an ex-smoker, it’s important to recheck his or her status)1,3
Advise your patient the best way to stop smoking is by combining support with treatment, which can significantly increase his or her chances of quitting1,3
Offer the patient support and treatment wherever locally available.1,3
For a smoker not interested in quitting at this visit, remind the patient that help is always available and to let you know if anything changes1,3
Patients serious about trying to quit smoking may benefit from developing a quit plan.
Some patients may be well on their way to quitting, but struggle with personal triggers.
Some patients have tried to quit and relapsed, and are searching for ways to restart the process.
Help them find resources to help them quit.
1. Bobak A. Very brief advice on smoking cessation. Presented at the 2012 UK National Smoking Cessation Conference. Available at http://www.uknscc.org/uknscc2012_presentation_100.php. Accessed September 16, 2015. 2. Solberg Ll, Maciosek MV, Edwards NM, Khanchandani HS, Goodman MJ. Repeated tobacco-use screening and intervention in clinical practice: health impact and cost effectiveness. Am J Prev Med. 2006;31(1):62-71. 3. Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service; 2008.