75. For the Patient Who Has Recently Quit

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update
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Intervening with the patient who has recently quit

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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 from cessation.
  • 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.

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Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: 75. For the Patient Who Has Recently Quit. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/presentations/2008update-full/slide75.html