Table C1Strategy. Intervening with the patient who has recently quit

The former tobacco user should receive congratulations on any success and strong encouragement to remain abstinent.

When encountering a recent quitter, use open-ended questions relevant to the topics below to discover if the patient wishes to discuss issues related to quitting:

  • The benefits, including potential health benefits, the patient may derive fromcessation
  • Any success the patient has had in quitting (duration of abstinence, reduction in withdrawal, etc.)
  • The problems encountered or anticipated threats to maintaining abstinence (e.g., depression, weight gain, alcohol, other tobacco users in the household, significant stressors)
  • A medication check-in, including effectiveness and side effects if the patient is still taking medication

From: 3, Clinical Interventions for Tobacco Use and Dependence

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