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Behav Med. 1997 Spring;23(1):15-27.

Smoking cessation. 2: Components of effective intervention.

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Department of Behavioral Science, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA.


Smoking cessation treatment is an essential component of comprehensive healthcare, but many healthcare providers lack formal training and are hesitant to provide such intervention. The recently published US Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guideline provided empirically based recommendations to address these issues. The most effective components of smoking cessation include the use of nicotine replacement therapy, provider support and encouragement, and training in such skills as problem solving and coping. Methods of using these recommendations are illustrated, and sample scripts are offered to serve as references for providers from various disciplines who conduct smoking cessation interventions.

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