64. For the Patient Willing To Quit (Continued)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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For the Patient Willing To Quit (Continued)

Strategy A4. Assist—Aid the patient in quitting (provide counseling and medication

ActionStrategies for implementation
Help the patient with a quit plan.A patient's preparations for quitting:
  • Set a quit date. Ideally, the quit date should be within 2 weeks.
  • Tell family, friends, and coworkers about quitting and request understanding and support
  • Anticipate challenges to the upcoming quit attempt, particularly during the critical first few weeks. These include nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
  • Remove tobacco products from your environment. Prior to quitting, avoid smoking in places where you spend a lot of time (e.g., work, home, car). Make your home smoke-free.

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Current as of June 2009
Internet Citation: 64. For the Patient Willing To Quit (Continued): Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. June 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-full/slide64.html