Receipt of Evidence-based Brief Cessation Interventions by Health Professionals and use of Cessation Assisted Treatments Among Current Adult Cigarette-only Smokers: National Adult Tobacco Survey, 2009–2010

Judy Kruger; Alissa O'Halloran; Abby C. Rosenthal; Stephen D. Babb; Michael C. Fiore


BMC Public Health. 2016;16(141) 

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We demonstrate for the first time that cigarette-only smokers who receive all of the 5 A's during a medical encounter are more likely to use counseling and medication to quit, compared to smokers who receive one or none of the 5 A's. Among smokers who reported receiving any cessation assistance during a recent clinic visit, the most common treatment used was cessation medication, followed by the combination of counseling and medication, a class or program, one-on-one counseling, and calling a telephone quitline. Given that patients who receive all five of the 5 A's are 15 times more likely to report using the most effective cessation treatment (medication and counseling), whenever feasible health professionals should be encouraged to deliver all 5 A's with patients who smoke. Such efforts may help maximize treatment use.