Self-assessment questions and critiques of specific topics are part of both the PREP Self-Assessment and Pediatrics in Review (PIR). Both derive their topics from content specifications developed jointly by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics. When space is available in PIR, we believe that it is useful to reprint some of the Self-Assessment questions with their critiques. We hope that this will stimulate you to participate in all aspects of PREP The Curriculum®. Material that is in italics in the critique represents updated information that has become available since the question and critique originally were published.


An 18-year-old girl who has smoked cigarettes regularly for the past 2 years comes to you for advice on quitting. Currently she smokes 10 cigarettes per day. Previous attempts to quit smoking by using nicotine replacement therapy failed. She uses no other illicit drugs.


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