Impact of Tobacco Smoking and Smoking Cessation on Cardiovascular Risk and Disease

Christopher Bullen


Expert Rev Cardiovasc Ther. 2008;6(6):883-895. 

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Brief Advice

The evidence for a wide-range of cessation interventions has recently been reviewed and summarized in the 2008 update of the US cessation guidelines, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.[110] At a minimum, busy clinicians can provide brief advice – as brief as half a minute – to stop smoking. Brief advice from a physician can prompt quit attempts in up to 40% of patients and substantially increases the probability of success (by approximately 2.5%).[110,111] Nursing staff can reinforce these messages and provide more support and follow-up counseling.[110–112] Referral to other support services including telephone quitlines (see later) can be made.


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