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Smoking cessation in primary care: a tool for the general practitioner

Thamer Alsulaiman, Haneen Alkobaidan, Mead Alqarny, Khalid Alsulaiman, Ibrahim Alsulaihim.


Tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. In Saudi Arabia, the prevalence rate of smoking has been estimated up to 28%. However, nationwide primary-care smoking cessation programs are not fully implemented. Several pharmacotherapies have been proven to be effective as smoking cessation aids. In this article, a summarized approach to smokers presenting to primary care will be discussed with a focus on first-line pharmacotherapy used in smoking cessation.

Key words: Smoking, cessation, primary care, Saudi Arabia

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