Healthcare Providers: Tools and Resources

Healthcare providers can play a key role in decreasing tobacco use, the leading preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. With smoking cessation tools and resources from the Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign and the Office on Smoking and Health (OSH)’s Healthcare Provider page, you can ensure your patients have the right resources to begin their quit journeys.

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Why Tips Matters to Healthcare Providers

These documents provide an overview of the Tips campaign and how providers can use Tips resources to help their patients quit smoking.

Tips Materials for Healthcare Settings

The following are free Tips campaign materials, including handouts, posters, and videos, that can be easily shared with patients in waiting rooms or other areas of a healthcare facility.

Case Study

Healthcare providers play a key role in helping patients quit tobacco use. Below is a case study that highlights how healthcare systems and providers have used Tips resources and materials to encourage their patients to quit smoking.

Pharmacy Partnership Shows How STRAND Has Helped Smokers Quit

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has been partnering with STRAND (formerly Creative Pharmacist) since 2015 to promote smoking cessation in independent pharmacies across the country. STRAND supports and empowers independent pharmacists to work with patients to improve their overall health.

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In 2016, STRAND partnered with OSH and West Virginia’s Department of Tobacco Control to launch a smoking cessation pilot program in five rural counties with high cigarette smoking prevalence. Fifty adult cigarette smokers enrolled in the program. According to STRAND, within ten weeks of launching the program, 40 percent of the enrolled patients had quit smoking, and one-third remained quit at 24 weeks. The program was expanded, with an additional eight rural pharmacies enrolling 110 patients, 30 of whom had quit cigarette smoking at 12 weeks.

Additionally, in 2016, Creative Pharmacist TV (an Apple TV app created by STRAND) placed ten Tips From Former Smokers® campaign television ads in 65 independent pharmacies. To date, these ads have played over two million times in stores where a pharmacist is accessible for cessation support.

This partnership has helped provide local pharmacists with tools and resources to help their clients quit cigarette smoking.

Partnering Health Associations

The following organizations have partnered with the Tips From Former Smokers campaign to build awareness for tobacco prevention and cessation. The organizations are listed for identification purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Allergy & Asthma Network (AAN)

AANexternal icon is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to end suffering and death due to asthma, allergies, and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy, and research. Visit their Healthcare Professionals pageexternal icon.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Learn more about AAFP’sexternal icon Tobacco and Nicotine Program, which provides valuable resources on tobacco and nicotine prevention and control. The AAFP’s Tobacco and Nicotine Toolkitexternal icon offers resources to support tobacco and nicotine prevention and cessation.

American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM)

The AAHIVMexternal icon is a professional organization that supports the HIV practitioner and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with HIV disease. Check out their Provider Resourcesexternal icon page.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

AANPexternal icon is the largest national membership organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. AANP works to empower all NPs to advance quality health care through practice, education, advocacy, research, and leadership.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

AAPexternal icon works to improve and develop healthcare policy for all children. Learn more about AAP’s Richmond Center of Excellence Clinician Resource Pageexternal icon that includes practice tools, coding and payment recommendations, training and CME courses, and other resources to help patients quit smoking.

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

AAPAexternal icon is the national professional society for physician assistants (PAs). AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve.

American Association for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR)

AACVPRexternal icon is a Million Hearts® affiliate with an estimated 60,000 health care professionals working in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Helping those in rehabilitation programs quit smoking is a central goal for AACVPR.  Check out their pulmonary patient resourcesexternal icon and cardiac patient resourcesexternal icon for more information on their smoking cessation tools.

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

The AACPexternal icon, founded in 1900, is the national organization representing pharmacy education in the US.  Pharmacy is the third largest health profession – after nursing and medicine – with more than 300,000 clinicians practicing in community-based practices, hospitals/health systems and many other healthcare settings. Read more about the role of the academic and professional pharmacy in tobacco cessation. pdf icon[PDF – 788 KB]external icon

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

The AARCexternal icon is the national professional association for respiratory care. Learn more about the AARC’s tobacco resourcesexternal icon, including educational courses for respiratory therapists and a patient brochure for tobacco cessation.

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)

ACNMexternal icon is the professional association that represents certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs) in the United States. Learn more about ACNM and their commitment to Smoking Cessationexternal icon.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

ACOGexternal icon is a nonprofit organization of women’s health care physicians advocating highest standards of practice, continuing member education and public awareness of women’s health care issues.

American College of Physicians (ACP)

ACPexternal icon provides advocacy, practice tools, clinical guidance, CME and MOC for Internal Medicine and more. Learn more about ACP’s Smoking Cessation Resourcesexternal icon, which includes fact sheets for patients with online smoking cessation resources.

American College of Cardiology (ACC)

The ACCexternal icon is the professional organization for 52,000 medical professionals focused on cardiovascular care and improving heart health. The College provides professional medical education, disseminates cardiovascular research through its world-renowned JACC Journals, operates national registries to measure and improve care, and offers cardiovascular accreditation to hospitals and institutions. See their clinical topic collection on smokingexternal icon for more information.

American Counseling Association (ACA)

ACAexternal icon is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. They feature several articles about smoking cessation and mental healthexternal icon on their website.

American Dental Association (ADA)

The ADAexternal icon exists to power the profession of dentistry and to assist their members in advancing the overall oral health of their patients. Together with their 163,000+ members, they’ve been driving dentistry forward for 160 years. They offer a multitude of resources on smokingexternal icon and its impact on dental health.

American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)

The ADHAexternal icon is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the country. To learn more about ADHA’s work on tobacco cessation, check out their Education and Researchexternal icon page.

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

AGA’sexternal icon mission is to advance the science and practice of gastroenterology. Learn more about the AGA and its work to advance the science and practice of gastroenterology and read journal articles.

American Nurses Association (ANA)

The ANAexternal icon is the largest US nursing organization, representing the needs of 4 million nurses (the largest group of health care professionals). ANA offers smoking and tobacco cessation resourcesexternal icon for their members and patients.

American Medical Association (AMA)

AMA’sexternal icon mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. Learn more about the resources and articles around smoking cessationexternal icon on their website.

American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

The AOAexternal icon represents doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) and osteopathic medical students. Learn more about AOA’s smoking cessation resourcesexternal icon.

American Pharmacist Association (APhA)

APhAexternal icon, the largest association of pharmacists in the United States, aims to empower its members to improve medication use and advance patient care through information, education, and advocacy.

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

The APAexternal icon is an organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. Find resources on how to treat tobacco use disorder, including trainingexternal icon through the model curriculum project for substance use disorders.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

APNAexternal icon is the largest professional membership organization committed to the specialty practice of psychiatric-mental health nursing and wellness promotion, prevention of mental health problems, and the care and treatment of persons with psychiatric disorders. Check out their Tobacco Dependence/Smoking Cessation Pageexternal icon with great resources to help behavioral health patients quit smoking.

American Psychological Association (APA)

APAexternal icon strives to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders. APA’s Smoking Resourcesexternal icon site includes materials on health disparities and smoking such as webinars, fact sheets, and the APA SmokeScreen mobile appexternal icon for health care professionals with information on evidence-based practices for health priority populations.

Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

AWHONNexternal icon empowers and supports nurses caring for women, newborns, and their families through research, education, and advocacy. Read their position statement on Smoking and Women’s Healthexternal icon.

CHEST Foundation (CHEST)

The mission of the CHEST Foundationexternal icon is to champion lung health by supporting clinical research, community service, and patient education. Visit their Smoking and Tobacco Use Pageexternal icon for facts about tobacco use and smoking cessation.

COPD Foundation

The COPD Foundation’sexternal icon mission is to prevent and cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to improve the lives of all people affected by COPD. Check out their websiteexternal icon for more tobacco cessation resources.

Health Ministries of America (HMA)

HMAexternal icon encourages, supports and empowers leaders who integrate faith with the promotion of health and wholeness in local communities. HMA website also includes resourcesexternal icon, including publications and practice tools for reaching faith based audiences.

Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America (LHSFNA)

LHSFNAexternal icon is committed to healthier laborers and healthier employer bottom lines. The LHSFNA’s Health Promotion Divisionexternal icon develops educational materialsexternal icon and information campaigns on tobacco cessation and other health and lifestyle issues that affect laborers and their families. They have a catalogueexternal icon of posters and other materials that warn about tobacco use that can be shared in offices or work areas.

Mental Health America (MHA)

MHAexternal icon is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMIexternal icon is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Learn more about NAMI’s stance on cigarette and tobacco use hereexternal icon.

National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO)

NACCHOexternal icon is the voice of more than 3,000 local health departments across the country. Recognizing that many local communities are already taking steps to address prevention and eliminate tobacco use, it is one of their key focus areas and they offer several resources on tobacco cessation.external icon

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)

NACHCexternal icon serves America’s medically underserved and uninsured and the community health centers that serve as their health care home.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

NASWexternal icon, one of the largest membership organizations of professional social workers, works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members and to create and maintain professional standards. Learn more about NASW’s practice tools for social workers, including smoking cessation resourcesexternal icon.

National Center for Primary Care (NCPC)

NCPCexternal icon is an academic research, training, and resource center focused on promoting excellence in community-oriented primary care and optimal health outcomes for all Americans, with a special emphasis on eliminating health disparities and improving health outcomes in underserved populations.

National Center for Health in Public Housing (NCHPH)

The NCHPHexternal icon provides training, technical assistance, research, and outreach to health centers located in or immediately accessible to public housing. They offer a variety of resources and materialsexternal icon for their public housing health colleagues and patients.

National Center for Primary Care (Morehouse School of Medicine)

The NCPCexternal icon serves as a national resource for front-line practitioners, educators, researchers, and policy makers who impact our primary healthcare system and represents healthcare professionals who serve underserved communities or vulnerable, high-disparity populations.

National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)

NCPAexternal icon represents independent community pharmacies across the United States. Look at their Smoking Cessation Services Pageexternal icon for tools on how pharmacists can help their patients quit smoking.

Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindnessexternal icon , the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization, dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. For more information on smoking and eye health, read their Smoking and Vision Fact Sheet [PDF – 179 KB].pdf iconexternal icon

Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC)

SCLCexternal icon aims to decrease smoking rates and increase the number of health professionals who help smokers quit. For more information about SCLC, review their resources external iconpage.


STRAND/OmniSYSexternal icon helps empower pharmacists to improve patient outcomes through its work with local pharmacists across the US. Learn more about their work to increase smoking cessation in their pharmacies.

The Foundation for Health Smart Consumers

The Foundation for Health Smart Consumersexternal icon provides information to help consumers make health care decisions.

The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)

WELCOAexternal icon is a resource to help members build high-performing, healthy workplaces by helping business and health professionals improve employee well-being and create healthier organizational cultures.

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