The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research smoking cessation clinical practice guideline: basics and beyond

Prim Care. 1999 Sep;26(3):513-28. doi: 10.1016/s0095-4543(05)70115-9.


The 1996 Agency for Health Care Policy and Research's Smoking Cessation Clinical Practice Guideline provides a strong empirical foundation for effective smoking cessation interventions in primary care. Screening all patients for tobacco use status at each clinic visit and providing at least brief cessation advice to all smokers can have a significant system-wide effect. Adding additional treatment components, such as pharmacotherapy, problem solving, and social support, can increase quit rates by twofold or more. Information on effective and ineffective treatment components is provided, along with new information published after the release of the Guideline.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Primary Health Care
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • United States