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Physician Cessation Counseling Vital to Quitting among Smokers with Substance Use and Mental Disorders, Study Finds

August
2011

A study recently published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research highlights the benefits of physician cessation counseling among smokers with drug, alcohol or mental disorders. The study—which included 1,356 smokers—found that individuals with substance use disorders and mental illness who received smoking cessation counseling from their primary care physician were five times as likely to quit smoking (with 31.3% quitting) in comparison to those who did not receive counseling (with only 6% quitting). Elevated quit rates in response to counseling were also found among smokers without substance use or mental disorders—with 34.9% of those receiving counseling quitting, and 10.5% quitting without counseling.