The 5 A’s of Smoking Cessation

The 5 A’s of Smoking Cessation are asking, advising, assessing, assisting, and arranging. “Number one is asking the patient whether the patient smokes or it has smoked in the past and getting details will be important”, explains Dr. Veronica Palmero-Gonzalez, Pulmonologist with South Miami Hospital.

The following is advising the patient to quit smoking as soon as possible, and then it is important to assess the patient’s readiness to quit. “The number 4 will be assisting the patient in quitting smoking, offering some interventions for both behavioral or medications where the patient is most likely to be successful to quit, and lastly arranging follow-up mostly the first week after patient’s quitting date.”

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