A high school senior is complaining of a persistent cough and admits to smoking 10 to 15 cigarettes daily for the past year. He is convinced that he is hopelessly addicted to tobacco since he tried unsuccessfully to quit smoking last week. Which intervention is best for the nurse to implement?
A. Encourage the student to associate with non-smokers only while attempting to stop smoking.
B. Tell the student that he is still young and should continue to try various smoking cessation methods.
C. Describe cigarette smoking as a habit that requires a strong will to overcome its addictiveness.
D. Provide the student with the latest research data describing the long-term effects of tobacco use.
The correct answer is A. Encourage the student to associate with non-smokers only while attempting to stop smoking.