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Medical News & Perspectives
June 18, 2008

Updated US Smoking Cessation Guideline Advises Counseling, Combining Therapies

JAMA. 2008;299(23):2736. doi:10.1001/jama.299.23.2736

Chicago—Counseling and certain combinations of behavioral therapies, drug therapies, or both may increase smokers' chances of quitting, according to an updated guideline for tobacco cessation treatment published by the US Public Health Service in May (http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco/treating_tobacco_use08.pdf).

The guideline, an update of previous versions published in 1996 and 2000, is based on a review of more than 8700 studies and reflects recent advances in cessation treatment and a greater understanding of what types of interventions are most effective. A consortium of 8 organizations—the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the National Cancer Institute; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the National Institute on Drug Abuse; the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; the American Legacy Foundation; and the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health—provided funding and oversight.