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Free Content Tobacco cessation and brief advice [Educational Series: tobacco and tuberculosis. Serialised guide. Tobacco cessation interventions for tuberculosis patients. Number 4 in the series]

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Patients who are enrolled on tuberculosis (TB) treatment are often ill and are seeking ways to get better. They are more likely at that time to adopt risk-reducing health behaviours. Interventions that are neither complicated nor time-consuming are available to health service personnel to help patients undertake smoking cessation. Brief advice to patients repeated at various times throughout their TB care can increase cessation rates. All tobacco use needs to be identified and reasons for quitting enunciated. Patients are thus given a framework for considering smoking cessation. If patients then choose not to stop currently, they can be asked to reconsider at a later visit, and also be cautioned to avoid smoking in the presence of others. Smokers who want to stop can discuss strategies for avoiding craving and withdrawal, and pharmacological agents can be recommended if they are available. Because the brief advice is repeated, patients are reinforced either for having stopped or for their progress towards stopping.
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Keywords: brief advice; tobacco cessation; tuberculosis case management

Document Type: Invited Paper

Affiliations: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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  • The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease publishes articles on all aspects of lung health, including public health-related issues such as training programmes, cost-benefit analysis, legislation, epidemiology, intervention studies and health systems research. The IJTLD is dedicated to the continuing education of physicians and health personnel and the dissemination of information on tuberculosis and lung health world-wide.

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