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Helping Smokers Quit

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HMOs make a difference in helping smokers quit by:

  • Seeing that a patient’s smoking habit is part of the medical record and followed like any other health problem,
  • Helping doctors to see that patients get advice about ways to quit smoking,
  • Providing patients with quit smoking services that are proven to work.

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The best HMOs track members who smoke and give them support to stop smoking. The doctors spend time telling members why it is important to quit, discussing steps and programs, and giving follow-up help.