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With the Tips From Former Smokers commercials airing nationally, you have the opportunity to reinforce an important message from the campaign: You can quit! And the time to quit is now!

"Talk With Your Doctor"

With many people seeing the ads on television and on-line, you may find more patients asking you about how they can quit smoking!

In 2013, CDC reached out to health care professionals through "Talk With Your Doctor." For this effort the goal was to motivate smokers to ask their doctors for advice on how to quit smoking. Healthcare providers were also encouraged to use the campaign to begin a conversation with their patients about tobacco use; and encourage them to quit smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or using smokeless tobacco.

That outreach continues with the 2014 Tips campaign. Following are some resources to help you with this very important health issue:

"Talk With Your Doctor" posters are available for use in clinics and waiting rooms.

Example of a Talk With Your Doctor poster for clinics and waiting rooms

"Talk With Your Doctor" Posters are available for use in clinics and waiting rooms.

Easy Ways to Talk to Your Patients About Quitting

You know that smoking is putting your patients' health at risk, but do you know how to talk to them about quitting? Here are some resources to help you.

Medscape video featuring Dr. Tim McAfee discussing how to conduct a tobacco intervention

NOTE: This commentary was produced in 2012.

Medscape Video: Conducting a Brief 2A Tobacco Intervention
Dr. Timothy McAfee helps you take full advantage of the opportunity the Tips From Former Smokers campaign provides by:

  • Focusing on the important role you can play in helping a patient quit using tobacco
  • Identifying ways that you can use the Tips campaign to begin conversations with patients who use tobacco
  • Reminding you on how to conduct a brief tobacco intervention using the Ask-Advise-Refer model

5As/2AR Tobacco Intervention Pocket Card [PDF - 80KB]
Even brief interventions that take as little as 30 seconds can make a difference! This printable, pocket-sized card contains the steps for conducting a brief tobacco intervention with your patients.

Did you know? Interventions, such as the 5A's, can double the chances that a patient will attempt to quit smoking.

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What to Tell Your Patients About Smoking [PDF - 213KB]
This fact sheet:

  • Provides talking points that can help frame conversations with your patients about quitting tobacco use
  • Discusses the impact smoking has on blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, fertility, and pregnancy
  • Lists six key findings from How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking-Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General

More Tobacco Prevention and Control Resources

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: A Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians
This quick reference guide summarizes the findings from the Clinical Practice Guideline Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, including:

  • A summary of evidence-based cessation treatments
  • A description of the development process
  • Thorough analysis and discussion of the available research
  • Critical evaluation of the assumptions and knowledge of the field
  • Information for health care decision making

The Community Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. It includes systematic reviews of tobacco prevention and control interventions in the following areas:

  • Youth Prevention
  • Cessation
  • Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
  • Minors' Access to Tobacco Products
  • Tobacco Use Among Workers
  • Mass reach health campaigns

Additional Health Provider Resources

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AAFP "Ask and Act" Tobacco Cessation Program
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
The "Ask and Act" Tobacco Cessation Program encourages family physicians to ask their patients about tobacco use and then act to help them quit. This Web site provides more information about the program, including a provider toolkit and information about medication and coding for payment.

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Clinicians and Clinical Practice
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP's Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence provides clinicians with information about both tobacco use and secondhand smoke. It includes practice tools, coding and payment recommendations, training and CME courses, and other resources to help patients and their families.

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AMA Healthier Life Steps
American Medical Association (AMA)
AMA's "Healthier Life Steps" includes information to help clinicians address behavior change in patients, the CPT Code Pocket Guide for Preventive Services, and links to recommended quitting smoking resources

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

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Smoking Cessation Resources
American College of Physicians (ACP)
The ACP Web site provides links to policy papers, video highlights of the Annals of Internal Medicine studies on smoking cessation, and instructional briefs about tobacco cessation and tobacco-related disease.


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