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Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence
A clinical practice guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update was released by the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) on May 7, 2008 at the American Medical Association Headquarters in Chicago. Dr. Corinne Husten, Partnership’s former Vice President for Policy Development, served as liaison to the Guideline Panel, in her former capacity with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Office on Smoking and Health. View the webcast highlighting the release of the Guidelines.

The 2008 PHS guideline update identifies new counseling and medication treatments that are effective for helping people quit smoking and shows evidence that counseling, especially in conjunction with medication, can greatly increase a person’s success in quitting. Additionally, tobacco cessation quitlines such as 1-800-QUIT-NOW, were found to be effective and able to reach a large number of people. 1-800-QUIT-NOW is a national quitline access number connecting people to counseling services through their state-based quitline.

The 2008 PHS guideline update and its companion products, including a consumer guide to quitting and a pocket guide for clinicians, are available here

Additional Resources


Partnership has recently released an Action Guide, which can help clinicians implement the new Guideline update. Included in the guide are links to tools and resources, tips for implementation, and overcoming potential obstacles and questions, and suggested data sources for evaluation planning.