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Smokers with comorbid conditions need help from their doctor to quit
Date:8/23/2011

guidelines when they come out so primary care physicians treating smokers with comorbid conditions realize that smoking cessation counseling in this difficult patient population can be successful.

"Getting people to quit smoking is the No. 1 way to reduce deaths in the United States," Ong said. "We know these deaths are preventable and we should be incorporating every tool in our tool box to keep people healthy. This study provides evidence that counseling all types of patients, even those challenging patients with comorbid conditions, to quit smoking can work."


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University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences
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