Treatment from Physicians Can Double Quit Rates
Tobacco use kills nearly half a million Americans every year. It’s the leading cause of preventable disease and death.
“We need to treat smoking as an illness, like hypertension,” says Dr. Tom Jackson. He knows research shows 80 percent of smokers want to quit, 50 percent try each year but only a small fraction succeed. Tobacco dependence is a chronic disease requiring intervention and treatment. Research shows smokers’ chances of quitting can double when a physician offers intervention and support.
Treating tobacco dependence is a team effort. Learn more about the key roles that need to be played by:
The business case for implementing a comprehensive system to treat tobacco dependence is compelling.
U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence