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March 18, 1998

Cost-effectiveness of the AHCPR Guidelines for Smoking

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(11):836-837. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-11-jac80001

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.