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Don’t Wait for COPD to Treat Tobacco Use

Michael C. Fiore, MD, MPH; Douglas E. Jorenby, PhD; Timothy B. Baker, PhD
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FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: None declared.

FUNDING/SUPPORT: This work was supported by National Institutes of Health [Grants PO1 CA180945 and R35 CA197573], and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [Grant RO1 HL09031].

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Michael C. Fiore, MD, MPH, Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 1930 Monroe St, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53711


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(3):617-618. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2015.09.024
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In this month’s issue of CHEST (see page 676), Schauer and colleagues from the US Centers for Disease Control report some encouraging findings: More than 50% of current smokers with a diagnosis of COPD reported that they had been offered assistance to quit during their last clinic visit. This represents progress; in virtually all prior reports of primary care patients, only about one-third or fewer smokers reported that they were offered assistance with tobacco cessation. Because smoking is directly responsible for most cases of COPD and continued smoking after diagnosis accelerates the subsequent decline in pulmonary function, it is vital that all patients with COPD who smoke be provided with evidence-based cessation assistance.

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