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Smoking Cessation


AAFP Reimagines Tobacco Prevention, Control Program

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels. The Academy will focus on promoting Tar Wars to more family medicine residents, family medicine interest groups and medical students to present the program in their communities. Tar Wars educational materials will be available online, as well.

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Ask and Act Tobacco Cessation Program

The American Academy of Family Physicians has developed its "Ask and Act" tobacco cessation program to encourage family physicians to ask all patients about tobacco use and to help them quit. Interventions, group visit tools, pharmacological guides, and more are provided.

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Aspirin at Night is More Protective Against Myocardial Infarction or Stroke

A news article summarizes the findings of researchers who monitored the platelet activity of patients taking a low-dose aspirin at night versus upon awakening, who found the nightly ritual more beneficial.

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Association Between Distance from Home to Tobacco Outlet and Smoking Cessation and Relapse

Raising the odds for smokers who wish to quit is enhanced if the walk to the nearest tobacco store is more distant. According to a Finnish study, researchers assessed more than 20,700 adults between the ages of 18 and 75 from former studies, including 8,300 current smokers. A mere 500-meter...

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For Low-income Smokers, Calling a Quitline May Cost Too Much

Telephone quitlines can be an effective resource for smoking cessation for some, but not for all. In Nicotine and Tobacco Research, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine assert that low-income smokers who have a talk time-restricted mobile phone may be less inclined to call quitlines.

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Interactive Decision-Aid Innovation

A culturally appropriate interactive decision aid yielded high quit rates among underserved, low-literacy Latino and Hispanic smokers.

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It’s Never Too Late to Quit Smoking, Even in Your 60s

In a study published in the American Journal of Preventive medicine, researchers found that older adults who quit smoking in their 60s had a lower chance of dying as they aged than those who continued smoking. This study involved 160,000 participants older than age 70 who were tracked from 2004 to...

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Medicaid Tobacco Cessation: Big Gaps Remain in Efforts to Get Smokers to Quit

According to new research from George Washington University, only 10 percent of Medicaid smokers receive anti-smoking medication. Citing the study from Health Affairs, this news article reveals how much more state programs can be doing for smokers to quit smoking.

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Million Hearts® Protocol for Identifying and Treating Patients Who Use Tobacco

The Million Hearts® initiative encourages physicians to develop their own tobacco cessation protocol by enlisting their template and implementation guidance document.

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Mobile Phones Boost Tobacco Screening and Cessation Counseling

A news article summarizes research from the Columbia University School of Nursing that suggests that having nurses use mobile phones loaded with tobacco screening guidelines prompted them to screen patients in 84% of visits and to offer cessation counseling to 99% of smokers who sought to quit.

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Smokers Who Exercise Find Quitting Smoking Easier

Nicotine & Tobacco Research journal showcases an 18-month study by Canadian researchers who found that smokers battling mental health issues have a tougher time quitting. However, they also found that smokers who exercised had an easier time quitting because smoking compulsions were reduced in the aftermath of workouts.

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Smoking Cessation May Improve Depression

A study regarding smoking cessation generated an unexpected finding: depression levels dropped after a year of smoking abstinence. Investigators assessed 3,775 people of whom 14.3% reported mild an15.4% reported moderate/severe depression at baseline, and 835 people quit smoking for a year. Most...

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Study Highlights Success of Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

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...

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Tobacco Screening Workflow

Health Services Advisory Group, Inc., provides an easy-to-implement workflow (PDF format) for Eligible Providers to aid them in capturing essential tobacco screening data.

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Why Puerto Ricans smoke More Than Any Other U.S. Hispanic Group

This article from the American Heart Association explains why historically Puerto Ricans have had some of the highest rates of smokers in the U.S. Economic and social reasons provide traces to researchers.

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