Health Care Professionals: Help Your Patients Quit Smoking
You can play a key role in fighting tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. No matter what your specialty is, you know the drastic effects that smoking can have on your patients' health. You know the toll secondhand smoke can take on their children and families. Many smokers want to quit. Getting started often takes support and motivation from trusted sources, like you.
When it comes to talking to patients about quitting tobacco use, the Tips From Former Smokers (Tips)campaign can be a conversation starter. The campaign offers resources for you as well as your patients. With the support of CDC's materials, you can help more patients live smokefree lives.
I'm Ready to Help My Smoking Patients Quit. How Can I Get Started?
Congratulations on your dedication! Following are some resources to help you with this very important work:
- FAQs for Health Care Providers
- FAQs about how quitlines work and their effectiveness
- A printable, pocket-sized tobacco intervention card [PDF - 80KB] that lists the steps for conducting a brief tobacco intervention with your patients
- Medscape video (Conducting a Brief 2A Tobacco Intervention) An informational video featuring Tim McAfee, MD, director of CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. This video shares the steps that you can take to conduct brief interventions with your patients.
- HIV Provider Smoking Cessation Handbook: A Resource for Providers
- HIV & Tobacco Use: Pharmacologic and Behavioral Methods to Help Your Patients Quit[PDF - 282KB]
- Tips From Former Smokers Download Center for videos to show in your waiting room, print ads, etc.
How Can I Help My Patients Become Smokefree?
- Download "Talk With Your Health Care Team" posters to inspire your patients to quit (in English or Spanish). Hang them in your practice's waiting room, in patient rooms, and throughout your offices, where patients will see them every day.
- Download videos, print ads, and Tips campaign materials from the Tips Download Center to show in your waiting room.
- Suggest that your patients visit the I'm Ready to Quit! page on the Tips Web site. Link to it from your practice's Web site.
- Let your patients know that they can get free quit help by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) (for Spanish speakers).
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
- Exposure to secondhand smoke
- Minors' access to tobacco products
- Tobacco use among workers
- Mass-reach health campaigns
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.
American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the US today. AANP’s continuing education activity — Smoking Cessation: Snuff a Butt, Save a Life — focuses on the addiction of tobacco use, proven methods to facilitate stopping smoking and understanding the dangers of smoking. After completion of this activity, participants will be better able to discuss the prevalence of smoking in the population and burden on society, review the addiction cycle related to smoking and effective therapies for intervention, and present pharmacotherapy and counseling interventions for tobacco addiction. To access the program, visit cecenter.aanp.org and "Click for Complete Listing" — Smoking Cessation is the first program listed.
Clinicians & Clinical Practice
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
AAP's Julius B. Richmond Center of Excellence provides clinicians with information about 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.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
- Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy [PDF - 4.6MB]
A self-instructional guide and toolkit for clinicians to help pregnant women quit smoking
- Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic
A CME-accredited online training that uses a virtual clinic setting to provide education about smoking cessation during pregnancy and beyond (produced in collaboration with CDC and the Interactive Medical Lab at Dartmouth College)
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.
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles
American Medical Association (AMA)
AMA's "Promoting Healthy Lifestyles" offers resources to help physicians act as community leaders. Help your patients make healthier choices after they leave your office by promoting policies that support your patients' healthier lifestyles in their communities.
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- CDC/Office on Smoking and Health
4770 Buford Highway
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717