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Altarum Institute’s ActionToQuit initiative advocates that all hospitals and health systems in the U.S. contribute to the public’s health by making tobacco cessation a priority. Specifically, we propose that all patients be screened for tobacco as a standard practice and tobacco users be offered cessation treatment and follow-up support to help them quit and remain smoke-free. While this is currently a policy in some health systems, by and large it is not routine procedure in spite of broad agreement that tobacco cessation treatments are both effective and cost-effective. A visit to a health care provider is an ideal opportunity for interventions that can help tobacco users quit. In fact, cessation treatment is one of the most important actions medical professionals can take for their patients.

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