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.”