What is the role of smoking cessation in the treatment of alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency (AATD)?

Updated: Sep 11, 2020
  • Author: Dora E Izaguirre Anariba, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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No treatment for emphysema has a greater effect on survival than quitting smoking.

Make a concerted effort to inform patients about the serious consequences of smoking on AATD and provide them with one of the many aids to help them quit.

Remember the 4 steps in the process of helping patients become nonsmokers: (1) ask about smoking habits; (2) advise about health effects; (3) assist the patient with encouragement, education, and nicotine replacement; and (4) arrange follow-up.


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