75. For the Patient Who Has Recently Quit

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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For the Patient Who Has Recently Quit

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 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 June 2009
Internet Citation: 75. For the Patient Who Has Recently Quit: 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/slide75.html