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In January 2012, the newly approved Joint Commission tobacco cessation measure set, which was developed with funding from Altarum, became available for selection by hospitals. While this is a significant step forward for hospital tobacco cessation, there is still much work to be done because the measure set is optional. State and local advocates should consider interacting with their hospitals and other health systems to promote policy and system change to standardize the screening of all patients for tobacco use and provision evidence-based treatments for those who use tobacco.

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