5 A'S FOR TOBACCO CESSATION INTERVENTION
Successful intervention begins with identifying users and appropriate interventions based upon the patient's willingness to quit. The five major steps to intervention are the "5 A's": Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.
Ask about their current and past tobacco use patterns every time.
Strongly urge all tobacco users to quit. Use language that is clear, strong and personalized. Use positive language and concentrate on the positive benefits of quitting smoking instead of focusing on bad outcomes if they continue to smoke.
Determine willingness to quit. Ask the patient if they are willing to make a quit attempt within the next 30 days.
Connect the individual with necessary resources. Help the patient set a quit date, provide self-help materials, counsel about successful cessation techniques and problem-solving strategies. Refer them to a local tobacco cessation service.
Provide follow-up support. Make plans to monitor smoking status and provide support during follow-up visits.