Posts Tagged ‘Smoking Cessation’

How to “Nudge” Smokers to Reduce Tobacco Use?

Posted by • September 30th, 2015

Health problems due to smoking account for 6 million deaths annually and are the leading cause of death worldwide. Despite the dramatic reduction of smoking rates in the past 50 years in the U.S., nearly 18% of adults are current smokers. Each day 2100 youth and young adults become regular daily smokers. As nicotine sustains… Read More…

Incentive Programs to Urge Smokers to Quit: Lessons from Behavioral Science

Posted by • May 13th, 2015

Many of the major public health issues currently threatening our population, including smoking and obesity, require lifestyle and behavioral changes. Effecting these changes in patients has been challenging, but a deeper understanding of the forces that drive human behavior could inspire the design of better programs leading to behavioral change. For example, behavioral scientists have… Read More…

Smoking Cessation

Posted by • December 19th, 2014

In a trial involving smokers who called the New Zealand national quitline, cytisine (a partial agonist of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor) was superior to nicotine-replacement therapy in helping smokers quit. Nausea and sleep disorders were more frequent with cytisine. Four systematic reviews report cytisine to be superior to placebo for short-term and long-term smoking abstinence. No… Read More…

Global Effects of Tobacco

Posted by • January 3rd, 2014

Cigarette smoking is a major cause of illness and death. This new article in our Global Health series reviews both the magnitude of the disease burden from cigarette smoking worldwide and strategies to limit smoking. On the basis of current smoking patterns, with a global average of about 50% of young men and 10% of young… Read More…

21st-Century Smoking Hazards and the Benefits of Quitting

Posted by • January 23rd, 2013

In 1964 the U.S. Surgeon General Report provided the first warning that smoking has adverse health effects. This statement has had a profound impact on both our society and our health care system. Despite this warning, many have continued to smoke over the past 50 years. Now, with 50 years of data from long time… Read More…

Smoking Cessation

Posted by • September 30th, 2011

In the latest article in our Clinical Practice series, Treating Smokers in the Health Care Setting, strategies to facilitate smoking cessation are reviewed, including documentation of smoking status for all patients, regular assessment of readiness to quit, counseling, and medications. Use of these strategies is guided by a patient’s willingness and by coexisting conditions.      Tobacco use… Read More…