Tobacco-Dependence Treatment Toolkit


Tobacco-Dependence Treatment Toolkit


The Tobacco-Dependence Toolkit provides a practical approach to treating tobacco dependence effectively. The toolkit approaches tobacco dependence as a severe chronic illness—like asthma—with exacerbations and remissions, and is based on the premise that chest physicians must be as actively and professionally engaged in treating tobacco dependence as they are with asthma. Effective tools, treatment algorithms, and strategies to obtain compensation for tobacco-dependence treatment services are provided.

By using the toolkit, clinicians will:

  • Address tobacco dependence in the manner of a chronic disease, characterized by long-term relapse and remission
  • Feel comfortable providing brief counseling
  • Develop an aggressive prescribing philosophy for pharmacologic support
  • Develop efficiencies in practice, making intervention more feasible
  • Get reimbursed for their efforts


American College of Chest Physicians

Funding Sources:

American College of Chest Physicians


Release Date: 2009
Original Summary: September 2011
Last Updated: 09/28/11

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