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... This guideline is based on an exhaustive review of studies performed between 1978 and 1994.28 The American Medical Association used a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to disseminate this guideline to 200,000 doctors and is working with the American Association of Health Plans on the guidelines to be used in managed care organizations. These are welcome steps, but implementing the recommendations of the AHCPR guideline will take time and will require sustained commitment until use of the guideline becomes routine.
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... Assisting smokers with smoking cessation is a powerful intervention for promoting health and reducing dramatically the risk of cancer, heart disease, lung disorclers, and other medical conditions. Instruments used to evaluate the quality of health plans and the adequacy of insurance coverage should include an indicator of whether tobacco cessation services are covered.

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