Issue: 2004 > July/August > editorials

Supporting smoking cessation in the medical specialist practice

G.M. Schippers


Although smoking cessation reduces the cardiovascular risk of smoking, why this is so is still uncertain. Nevertheless, because they are strongly and authoritatively involved in much of the serious health damage caused by smoking, medical specialists should do all they can to support their patients in stopping. This indispensable support can be improved, however, when specialists adapt more motivational and behaviour change promoting attitudes and communicative techniques.