Tobacco smoking: Options for helping smokers to quit

Nicholas A. Zwar, Colin P. Mendelsohn, Robyn L. Richmond

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Background: Although great progress has been made on tobacco control, smoking remains one of the most important causes of preventable disease and death in the Australian population. The general practice team has much to offer in helping smokers to quit. Objective: This article provides practical advice on structuring smoking cessation support in primary care using the 5As (Ask, Assess, Advise, Assist and Arrange follow-up) framework. Up-to-date information on pharmacotherapy and issues for special groups are also covered. Discussion: The chances of successful quitting are maximised if the patient receives behavioural support combined with drug treatment, if nicotine-dependent. Special groups needing support include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with mental illness and pregnant women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-354
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


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