People go through these stages at different rates, and may go back to previous ones at different times. But, does it even matter how ready your patient is to quit? Find out
Consistent intervention and motivational interviewing is key.
Most smokers will go through multiple quit attempts and interventions. The truth is that quit smoking programs often have fairly low success rates – but that doesn’t mean they are not worthwhile or should be discouraged. After all, 64% of Canadian smokers have already quit.10,40 It has been well established that physicians, nurses and pharmacists can have a significant effect on the smoking behaviour of their patients.41,42