Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—In demonstrating the cost-effectiveness
of AHCPR guidelines for smoking cessation, Dr Cromwell and colleagues1 provide yet another weapon in the arsenal of the
health practitioner to combat smoking. However, the authors' statement, "Even
when cessation leads to health benefits, these benefits are delayed many years,"
was both disappointing and incorrect.
Fosnocht KM. Cost-effectiveness of the AHCPR Guidelines for Smoking. JAMA. 1998;279(11):836-837. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-11-jac80001