West and Shiffman also clearly and concisely set out the best path to cessation behavioural help augmented with pharmacotherapy with useful hints for helping smokers quit. There is a good explanation of why it is worth health professionals persisting with encouraging cessation, even though, on any one piece of advice, very few clients will eventually quit. The authors also wisely counsel against too much pushing, suggesting annual review (unless a smoker opts to follow up).
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