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Thursday, June 21, 2007

I get by it with a little help from my friends: Smoking cessation and patient advocates

What’s the most common source of assistance that adult smokers in America use to quit smoking? Nope, it’s not Nicotine patches, prescription pills, nicotine gum, nasal sprays, inhalers, lozenges, books, pamphlets or videos. Rather, smokers most often relied on the support of family members and friends. One quarter of them (26%) named that, in the National Health Interview Survey, according to a graph in yesterday’s USA Today by Melanie Eversley and Adrienne Lewis.

More evidence of the role of patient advocates from one’s family and social circle…

Advice: Have your family and friends help you stop smoking.

Read another of our stories about the role of a friend as a patient advocate.

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