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:
- Fact sheet about Tips [PDF - 1 MB] and how health care professionals can get involved and support patients
- FAQs for Health Care Providers
- FAQs about how quitlines work and their effectiveness
- A printable, pocket-sized tobacco intervention card [PDF - 71 KB] 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.
- Medscape video – HIV and Smoking John Brooks, MD, Leader of the HIV Epidemiology Research Team at the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention explains the added dangers of smoking with HIV, and what steps you can take to help 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, radio ads, print ads, and more free resources
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, radio ads, and other Tips campaign materials from the Tips Download Center to show in your waiting room. All of these resources are free for you to use.
- Order free notepads (with the 1-800-QUIT-NOW quitline number and CDC logo) to use in your practice (enter “notepad” in search bar on publication catalog web page).
- 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. 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.
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.
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.
American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) offers tools to help health-care professionals become more efficient, understand quality standards, and improve the process of care for patients. Resources included in the AGA colorectal cancer clinical service line can assist practices in screening for and managing patients with CRC. Tools were developed to assist practices in delivering high-quality, cost-efficient care and promoting cross-specialty collaboration.
To help educate your patients, AGA offers brochures, Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Treatment, and Preparing for a Colonoscopy, as well as a video, to help your patients better understand their condition and facilitate doctor-patient discussions. AGA is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include more than 16,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology.
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)
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.
The Foundation for Health Smart Consumers
The Foundation for Health Smart Consumers is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting health care consumers by providing relevant and trustworthy information to help them make important health care decisions. The Foundation has expanded its Inspire Smoking Cessation program to include access to the Tips From Former Smokers campaign resources in the online patient counseling toolkit.
Founded in 1908, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs, and research. For more information on smoking and eye health, visit preventblindness.org/smoking.
- Page last reviewed: April 9, 2015
- Page last updated: April 9, 2015
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