Screening and Brief Intervention for Tobacco Use

Tobacco dependence is a chronic health condition that often requires multiple, discrete interventions by a clinician or team of clinicians.1 The US Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening and providing brief interventions for tobacco use as part of standard routine health care.2

Taking a minute to ask can make the difference.

Providing tobacco dependence treatment is quick and easy when using the evidence-based 5As counseling method. We have developed a series of treatment algorithms for quick navigation through the 5As counseling method, detailing approximate length of time to complete each step. Select to view the appropriate treatment algorithm:


1 Fiore MC, Jaén CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service. April 2009.

2 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Counseling and interventions to prevent tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease in adults and pregnant women: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirmation recommendation statement. Ann Intern Med 2009 Apr 21;150(8):551-5. [7 references] PubMed