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- Talk to the patient about potential barriers to quitting
- Remind the patient that smoking is bad for his health
- Talk to the patient about the statistics of people who have successfully quit smoking
- Explain to the patient that smoking causes him to look and smell worse than if he did not smoke
Quitting smoking is difficult, and most patients who smoke know that it is bad for their health. Nurses are in a prime position to help some patients quit smoking, as studies have shown that intervening to try and help a person quit smoking is more successful in their quitting for good when compared with not saying anything. The nurse can talk to the patient and determine if there are barriers that are preventing the patient from trying to quit. If the patient is willing to work on quitting, the nurse may help him find some solutions to overcome those barriers to quitting, which can increase his potential success.
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