Health-care Providers Asked to Help Smokers

Health-care Providers Asked to Help Smokers

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah smokers are being urged to kick the habit today.

It's part of American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout today.

Health care providers will be contacted today to be reminded of their important role in helping people stop smoking. Doctor Brian Zehnder says research shows people are more likely to quit when a health care provider advises them to do so. He says their likelihood of success is dramatically increased when this advice is combined with counseling and appropriate quitting medications.

New data from the Utah Department of Health shows the number of smokers who recall being advised by their health care provides to quit smoking has dropped by 18 percent since 2002.

Each November, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout, with a goal of helping people to quit smoking forever.


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(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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