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Study Highlights Success of Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

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In the May/June 2016 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine, researchers found the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation to be successful in increasing tobacco cessation. The study involved 3,870 patients across 32 primary care facilities in Ontario, Canada. The Ottawa model involves three parts: ask (identify smoking status), advise (counsel patients to quit smoking), and act (assist with cessation). Best practices associated with the model include building a clinic tobacco control protocol, training staff and clinicians in implementation skills, having self-help materials readily available to patients, and using electronic health record or other real-time reminders to inform clinicians of patients' smoking status at each visit.