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Tobaccouse has become a major issue of concern in the contemporary society.Tobacco is a harmful substance because it has nicotine and tar thatcause harmful effects such as lung cancer, heart attack, and death tothe smokers and non-smokers who get affected through secondhandsmoking. To address this menace measures should be taken to preventtobacco use. One such strategy is the screening of tobacco users.This justifies why theCenter for Medicare Services and St. Antony Hospital have come upwith policies to govern the screening of tobacco users(Richards, Cohen, Morrell, Watson &amp Low, 2013).

TheCenter for Medicare Services and St. Antony Hospital’s policyguidelines are similar in many ways. Most importantly, the documentsprovide an adequate guideline on the procedures to use whileproviding tobacco screening to the past and present users(Cahill, Stead, Lancaster &amp Polonio, 2012).At the same time, the policies are aimed at encouraging cessation forthe adult tobacco users. Some of the important strategies to applyduring cessation are counseling therapy. Here, the past and presenttobacco users are attended to by a professional therapist. This canhelp in encouraging people from using tobacco and reducing thechances of succumbing to tobacco-related diseases.

Inconclusion, the policies are very important because they help indealing with tobacco use. At St. Antony Hospital, all patients arequestioned if they have been using tobacco. However, for effectiveapplication of the policy, everything should be done according to theoutlined procedures. Everything should be done in a right mannerwithout any hiccups(Carlson Aytur Gardner &amp Rogers, 2012).This is the only way through which the patients can manage to receivethe most appropriate intervention whenever they visit a health carefacility.


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