A hospital admission, a new diagnosis, a condition flare-up or a bereavement can be a 'teachable moment'. As clinicians, we are much more likely to trigger a quit attempt at these times.
A patient like Nancy can learn about the role tobacco plays in other diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and many more conditions. She can actually become more hopeful about quitting at times like these.
Focusing on making smoking cessation a priority can make a big difference to her. Why not turn regular CO monitoring into a motivational tool? "Let's see how we can improve things over the coming months" and book appointments for smoking cessation.
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