||Radiocast: Quitting Tobacco - Talk with Your
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
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.