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Invited Commentary
April 25, 2011

Smoking Cessation Interventions: A Primer for PhysiciansComment on “Use of Varenicline for 4 Weeks Before Quitting Smoking”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: General Internal Medicine Section, San Francisco VA Medical Center, University of California, School of Medicine

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(8):777-778. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.137

Quitting smoking is really hard. Every health care provider knows how difficult it can be to get our patients to quit smoking. Although smoking prevalence rates have decreased over time in the United States,1 approximately 1 in 5 Americans still smoke,2 and it is estimated that half of all smokers will die prematurely from a smoking-caused illness. Most smokers want to quit, many try on their own, but the success rate is low without help, 4% to 7%.3,4 There are few, if any, more impactful interventions than helping our patients to quit using tobacco products.

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