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Smoking cessation outcomes in TB clinics

By Lekan Ayo-Yusuf

South Africa has the third highest number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Tuberculosis patients who smoke risk adverse TB outcomes and other long-term health effects of smoking. A study in the journal Addiction sought to determine how well brief motivational interviewing (MI) by lay health-care workers (LHCWs) […]

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Tobacco dependence treatment to help achieve Millennium Development Goal of reducing tuberculosis deaths

By Lekan Ayo-Yusuf

In several low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa, tuberculosis (TB) disease outcomes are likely to be substantially impacted by patterns of tobacco use.  In particular, it has been projected that tobacco use will lead to an extra 18 million tuberculosis cases and 40 million tuberculosis deaths between 2010 […]

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