164. Treatment Recommendations: Intensive Treatment (continued)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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  • Intensive counseling is especially effective. There is a strong dose-response relation between counseling intensity and quitting success. In general, the more intense the treatment intervention, the greater the rate of abstinence. Treatments may be made more intense by increasing (a) the length of individual treatment sessions and (b) the number of treatment sessions.
  • Many different types of providers (e.g., physicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists, social workers, cessation counselors, pharmacists) are effective in increasing quit rates, and involving multiple types of providers can enhance abstinence rates.
  • Individual, group, and telephone counseling are effective tobacco use treatment formats.

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