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Table 13 Method of the 5 As for smoking cessation

From: The AIMAR recommendations for early diagnosis of chronic obstructive respiratory disease based on the WHO/GARD model*

Ask
  Ask about smoking status with open-ended questions
Advise
  Inform about short and long term damage caused by cigarette smoking as well as about the benefits of quitting
Assess
  Evaluate the patient’s motivation and willingness to quit
Assist
  Help the patient in the attempt to quit smoking
Arrange
  Plan checkups and the follow up
  Prevent relapse
  1. From[36].