In 1996, the American Medical Association (AMA), Chicago, produced and disseminated a pocket guide, Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Primary Care Clinicians, prepared by the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHPCR) as a summary of its Clinical Practice Guideline on Smoking Cessation.
The guide summarizes AHCPR's Guideline on Smoking Cessation and reminds primary care practitioners to ask for and record the tobacco-use status of every patient.
- The AMA mailed the pocket guide to 200,000 primary care physicians in early summer 1996, accompanied by a cover letter promoting its use with patients and offering resources for further information. Just prior to the mailing, the AMA publicized distribution of the pocket guide to increase interest within the medical community.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) supported the project with a grant of $70,893 between May and July 1996.