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Health Care Professionals: Help Your Patients Quit Smoking

Doctor listening to heart of patientYou 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:

How Can I Help My Patients Become Smokefree?

Rose's Poster

  • 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).

Other 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

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 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.


Smoking Cessation
Smoking and Women's Health: Learn the Facts
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

ACNM is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. With roots dating to 1929, ACNM sets the standard for excellence in midwifery education and practice in the United States and strengthens the capacity of midwives in developing countries. Our members are primary care providers for women throughout the lifespan, with a special emphasis on pregnancy, childbirth, and gynecologic and reproductive health. ACNM reviews research, administers and promotes continuing education programs, and works with organizations, state and federal agencies, and members of Congress to advance the well-being of women and infants through the practice of midwifery.


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)


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.


The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)
AWHONN is the foremost nursing authority that advances the health care of women and newborns through advocacy, research and the creation of high quality, evidence-based standards of care.

AWHONN represents the interests of the more than 350,000 nurses who care for women (throughout their lifespan) and newborns. The membership of AWHONN is at a 15-year high and growing at 24,000. AWHONN's members are clinicians, educators and executives who serve as patient care advocates focusing on the needs of women and infants. A leader in professional development, AWHONN holds the distinction of receiving the Premier Program award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for innovation and excellence in Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) three times.

Founded in 1969 as the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the association became a separate nonprofit organization called the Association of Women's Health and Neonatal Nurses in 1993. Visit AWHONN on Facebook and see AWHONN’s smoking cessation resources online.


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