Smoking cessation

Respiratory Unit, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen.
BMJ (online) (Impact Factor: 16.38). 07/2006; 332(7553):1324-6. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.332.7553.1324
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    • "Secondary prevention remains an important focus. Brief advice is a cost-effective way of encouraging smoking cessation but the quit rate after any given contact is relatively low (Srivastava et al., 2006). COPD patients who smoke appear to be relatively resistant to other treatments, possibly reflecting the fact that the most susceptible will have quit already before they enter a study. "
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