Tobacco Cessation Guidance for Oral Health Professionals
Ben Yahya, I.
There are a range of effective treatments for tobacco dependence, including advice to stop tobacco use (brief tobacco interventions), more intensive behavioural support to quit (given individually, in a group or by phone), and pharmacological treatments. In line with Article 14 of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control,5 we should, at least, deliver brief tobacco interventions as part of our routine services in primary care. Helping dental patients quit smoking as part of our routine practice takes only three to five minutes and is feasible, effective and efficient. The algorithm below can guide us to deliver three-to-five-minute, brief tobacco interventions to dental patients in primary care by using the 5As and 5Rs models (Figure 1).