Physician Awareness and Referral to National Smoking Cessation Quitlines and Web-Based Resources
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We are writing to describe current levels of awareness of and referral to national quitlines, and a Web-based cessation service among primary care physicians. Smokers who use telephone counseling are more likely to achieve long-term cessation compared to those who do not . Quitlines can assist in forming a quit plan, offer nicotine replacement therapy, and schedule follow-up contact .We analyzed data from the National Survey of Primary Care Physicians’ Recommendations and Practice for Breast, Cervical, Colorectal, and Lung Cancer Screening  to assess awareness and referral to the National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines’ 1-800-QUIT-NOW, the National Cancer Institute’s quitline 1-877-44U-QUIT, and the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site smokefree.gov.
The survey was fielded September 2006 to May 2007 as a mailed questionnaire. A systematic stratified random sample of non-Federal, office-based family physicians,...
KeywordsSmoking Cessation Nicotine Replacement Therapy Lung Cancer Screening Smoking Cessation Service Practice Family Medicine
This project has been funded in part with federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, under contract no. HHSN261200800001E. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Authors have no competing interests to disclose.
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