Pharmacists: 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. You see many of your patients regularly. They come to you with questions about their medicines and their overall health. Many of your patients may be tobacco users who want to quit.
The Tips From Former Smokers (Tips) campaign can be a conversation starter. The campaign offers resources for you as well as your patients. With CDC's support, 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 - 467KB] and how pharmacists 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 - 80KB] that lists the steps for conducting a brief tobacco intervention with your patients
- Medscape Video, Conducting a Brief 2A Tobacco Intervention 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.
- 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 Pharmacist" posters to inspire your patients to quit (in English or Spanish). Hang them near your pharmacy counters, where patients will see them every day.
- Download videos, print ads, and other 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.
- Explain how patients' health conditions can be linked to smoking. Use the Tips campaign participants as examples.
- 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).
Get email updates
To receive email updates about the Tips From Former Smokers campaign, enter your email address:
- CDC/Office on Smoking and Health
4770 Buford Highway
Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717