Healthy Holiday Week Continues!

November 22, 2011 Updated Nov 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM EDT

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November 22, 2011 Updated Nov 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Are you having a healthy holiday? Dr. Raul Vazquez says you should stop smoking.

Healthy holiday week continues on "Eyewitness News This Morning."

Here is some good advice.

5A's of smoking cessation as outlined in the U.S. Public Health Service-sponsored clinical practice guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.

The 5As consist of
* asking patients if they smoke,
* advising smokers to quit,
* assessing each patient's willingness to quit,
* assisting the patient in quitting and
* arranging for follow-up.

Nurses or other staff can serve as "office champions" for smoking cessation and help patients connect with resources, including state quitlines or HHS' national quitline, (800) QUIT-NOW.

According to the CDC, nearly one in five U.S. adults were smokers last year -- that's more than 45 million Americans. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the country, according to the agency.

But studies have shown that physicians who advise their patients to quit smoking can significantly increase their patients' odds of quitting.

Counseling plus medicine works better than going cold turkey, experts advise