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Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:00 AM
Radiocast: Quitting Tobacco - Talk with Your Doctor

Rand: This is Healthcare 411: Information for better health. Has your clinician asked you if you smoke or use chewing tobacco? The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says this is an important conversation to have with your doctor.

Debra: Why? Because any tobacco use is dangerous for your health. And tobacco users who are offered counseling combined with medication and other support have a much better chance of quitting and staying tobacco free.

Rand: The Task Force recommends clinicians talk with their patients and find out if they use any kind of tobacco. If they do, the Task Force says doctors should provide patients with ways to quit - methods shown to be effective including the use of certain medicines or free telephone support such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Debra: For more resources that can help you quit tobacco and get healthy, go online to ahrq.gov/consumer. Healthcare 411 is produced by AHRQ, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Debra James.

Rand: And I’m Rand Gardner for Healthcare 411.

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