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Invited Commentary
February 2015

Improving the Success of Treating Tobacco Smokers

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine and Tobacco Research and Treatment Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston

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JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(2):272-273. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.6921

Despite decades of progress in the public health fight to reduce tobacco use, smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.1 For the approximately 40 million US smokers left, the epidemiological evidence is clear: they will benefit from stopping smoking no matter how long they have smoked.1 Effective treatments to help smokers quit are available, but patients still struggle to become tobacco free.2 Most physicians now consider addressing patients’ tobacco use to be part of their job, but doing so can be a challenge. How can we change this picture?

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