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Contempo Updates
Clinician's Corner
October 9, 2002

Effective Tobacco Dependence Treatment

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine (Dr Fiore) and Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (Drs Fiore and Baker), University of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison; Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Dr Baker); and Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Dr Hatsukami).


Contempo Updates Section Editor: Janet M. Torpy, MD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(14):1768-1771. doi:10.1001/jama.288.14.1768

More than at any time in the past, clinicians, public health professionals, and policy makers now possess sufficient evidence to implement effective tobacco dependence treatment programs and policies. We review key findings of great relevance to treating tobacco dependence: clinical, health system, and community interventions can each independently foster tobacco cessation.1,2 A transdisciplinary approach that incorporates all of these components holds the greatest promise for reducing population-based rates of tobacco use. If these interventions are implemented broadly, a larger proportion of the 46 million US adult smokers will try to quit. Among those who do try, the likelihood of successful cessation will increase substantially.