A-Assessment of Severity
‘Identification and Assessment’ deals with the ‘Ask’ component of 3 a (ask-advice-assist) strategy. the ASK component consists of enquiring about tobacco use, types of tobacco, its quantity/frequency, duration, early morning use, etc. Checking about the number of previous attempts and current willingness to quit help to understand the patient’s motivation stage. the stage of motivation to quit can be broadly divided into a. Not ready b. doubtful (ambivalent) c. ready to quit/decrease . In view of high heritability of tobacco addiction, it is useful to check regarding family history of tobacco use among first-degree relatives. It is also important to check the comorbid medical and mental health issues. It is useful to integrate tobacco use as a part of the routine question.
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