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How to help your patient quit – 3-step intervention model

Smoking is the leading cause of death and disease in Australia. Health professionals play a powerful role in encouraging and helping patients to stop smoking.

Research continually shows that quitting advice from a health professional, even if brief, is highly influential. If a person doesn’t receive this advice, they are less likely to quit.

3-step brief intervention – Ask Advise Help

The 3-step model streamlines the RACGP 5As model to fit within a standard consultation.

1. Ask all clients about their smoking.

Tip: Ask: “Do you smoke?”, rather than: “Are you a smoker?” Occasional smokers may not identify as smokers.  

2. Advise all smokers to quit.

“The single most important thing you can do for your health is stop smoking.”

3. Help by making an enthusiastic offer of information and support including a referral to Quitline.

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