To provide healthcare professionals and respiratory physicians with a practical set of information based on the recommendations made by recent relevant guidelines to facilitate the treatment of tobacco dependence.
Summary The potential health benefits of smoking cessation are substantial; however, many people find it very difficult to quit. The main physiological obstacle is addiction to nicotine. This article aims to describe the “5 As” for effective intervention for smoking cessation that should be followed in current smokers. In addition, some baseline and follow-up assessments to be performed during a smoking cessation programme are proposed.
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