30. Ten Key Guideline Recommendations (Continued)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

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  1. Brief tobacco dependence treatment is effective. Clinicians should offer every patient who uses tobacco at least the brief treatments shown to be effective in this Guideline.
  2. Individual, group and telephone counseling are effective and their effectiveness increases with treatment intensity. Two components of counseling are especially effective and clinicians should use these when counseling patients making a quit attempt: Practical counseling (problem-solving/skills training) and social support delivered as part of treatment.


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