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Medical News and Perspectives
December 5, 2007

Personalized Care May Help Smokers Quit

JAMA. 2007;298(21):2472. doi:10.1001/jama.298.21.2472

Chicago—Promoting cessation to individuals who continue to smoke despite well-known health risks may be a matter of zeroing in on their unique fears about quitting, their motivations to do so, and offering them more concrete evidence of how smoking is affecting their personal health, according to a pair of studies presented in October at CHEST 2007, the annual scientific assembly of the American College of Chest Physicians.

AGE MATTERS

Virginia Reichert, NP, of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System's Center for Tobacco Control in Great Neck, NY, presented data from a study of the health status, motivations, and obstacles facing more than 2000 smokers participating in a 6-week comprehensive outpatient smoking cessation program. The study, which included 1909 smokers younger than age 65 years and 143 smokers aged 65 years or older, identified substantial differences between the groups.

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