What is the efficacy of individual, group and telephone counseling for smoking cessation?

Updated: May 25, 2018
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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.

Telephone quit line counseling is effective with diverse populations and clinicians should promote quit line use. If a tobacco user currently is unwilling to make a quit attempt, clinicians should use motivational treatments shown to be effective in increasing future quit attempts.


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