Active clinician support, assistance are critical to successfully quitting smoking

While primary care providers‘ simply asking patients with high-risk smoking histories about their smoking status did not increase patients‘ likelihood of quitting, providing more direct assistance — such as talking about how to quit, recommending or prescribing nicotine replacement or pharmaceutical aids, and following up on recommendations — significantly improved patients‘ success in becoming smoke-free, investigators report. (Mehr in: Cancer News — ScienceDaily)