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How To Help Your Patients To Be Tobacco Free
Ways To Ensure Successful Interactions With Patients
- Create a non-threatening, caring interpersonal atmosphere.
- Friendly facial expressions.
- Soothing environment.
- Calm voice
- Approach inquiry about tobacco use as you would other routine
health history questions.
- Be gentle when advising the patient to abstain.
- Establish direct eye contact with the patient and verbalize
your concerns for his/her well-being.
- Personalize your advice.
- Address the benefits of cessation. Dwelling only on potential
harm from continued use may place the patient on the defensive or
- When showing the patient oral effects from tobacco use, present
the findings in a gentle non-threatening, informational manner.
Assure the patient that the condition will likely improve after s/he
quits, if indeed that prospect is expected.
- If the patient is not interested at this time, let the patient
know that you would like to be contacted should s/he reconsider. Be
kind and non-judgmental when delivering this message.