196. Specific Populations and Other Topics (Continued)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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Evidence of effectiveness of tobacco dependence interventions in specific populations

Population of Smokers Review of Evidence
Older smokers Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of the "4 A's" (ask, advise, assist, and arrange follow-up) in patients ages 50 and older. Counseling interventions, physician advice, buddy support programs, age-tailored self-help materials, telephone counseling, and the nicotine patch have all been shown to be effective in treating tobacco use in adults 50 and older.

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