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There is evidence that helping smokers to stop smoking can be effective and
The basic essentials are:
- ASK about
tobacco smoking at every opportunity
- ADVISE all smokers to stop smoking
ASSIST all smokers to stop smoking
- ARRANGE follow up
is evidence that even brief intervention (2-3 minutes) has a worthwhile effectiveness.
Useful features of intervention are to:
- set a date to stop completely
review previous attempts to stop smoking - and what helped/hindered
ahead - identify potential problems and strategies to cope
- plan how to
handle alcohol drinking situations
- try smoking cessation treatment e.g.
nicotine replacement therapy, buproprion
Heart Foundation, Factfile 6/99.
Last reviewed 02/2020