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 Patient Care 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)

AAN 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 page.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

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

American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM)

The AAHIVM 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 Resources page.

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

AANP 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)

AAP works to improve and develop healthcare policy for all children. Learn more about AAP’s Richmond Center of Excellence Clinician Resource Page 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)

AAPA 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)

AACVPR 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 resources and cardiac patient resources for more information on their smoking cessation tools.

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

The AACP, 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 – 788 KB]

American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC)

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

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.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

ACOG 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)

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

American College of Cardiology (ACC)

The ACC 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 smoking for more information.

American Counseling Association (ACA)

ACA 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 health on their website.

American Dental Association (ADA)

The ADA 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 smoking and its impact on dental health.

American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)

The ADHA 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 Research page.

American Gastroenterological Association (AGA)

AGA’s 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 ANA 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 resources for their members and patients.

American Medical Association (AMA)

AMA’s 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 cessation on their website.

American Osteopathic Association (AOA)

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

American Pharmacist Association (APhA)

APhA, 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 APA 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 training through the model curriculum project for substance use disorders.

American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)

APNA 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 Page with great resources to help behavioral health patients quit smoking.

American Psychological Association (APA)

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

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

AWHONN 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 Health.

CHEST Foundation (CHEST)

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

Community Pharmacy Enhanced Services Networks (CPESN USA)

CPESN USA is a clinically integrated network of community pharmacies that coordinates patient care with broader care teams to provide enhanced services, including tobacco cessation. CPESN supports local networks and participating pharmacies through quality improvement initiatives and practice transformation.

COPD Foundation

The COPD Foundation’s 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 website for more tobacco cessation resources.

Health Ministries of America (HMA)

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

Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality (GLMA)

GLMA (previously known as the Gay & Lesbian Medical Association) works to ensure equality in healthcare and provide resources for LGBTQ individuals and healthcare professionals. Members include physicians, nurses, physician assistants, researchers and academics, behavioral health specialists, and other health professionals.

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

LHSFNA is committed to healthier laborers and healthier employer bottom lines. The LHSFNA’s Health Promotion Division develops educational materials and information campaigns on tobacco cessation and other health and lifestyle issues that affect laborers and their families.

Mental Health America (MHA)

MHA 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)

NAMI 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 here.

National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)

NAATP represents addiction treatment providers who offer services along the full continuum of care, including outpatient, hospitalization, and residential care. They support members by providing clinical and operational resources to members and the public.

National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO)

NACCHO 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.

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)

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

National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC)

NAFC’s mission is to ensure that medically underserved people have access to affordable quality health care. Member clinics and pharmacies are safety-net health care organizations that provide medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to uninsured and underinsured individuals.

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

NASW, 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 resources.

National Center for Primary Care (NCPC)

NCPC 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 NCHPH 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 materials for their public housing health colleagues and patients.

National Center for Primary Care: Substance Use, Prevention, and Treatment Division

The NCPC 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)

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

Prevent Blindness

Prevent Blindness , 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].

Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC)

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

STRAND/OmniSYS

STRAND/OmniSYS 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 Consumers provides information to help consumers make health care decisions.

The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)

WELCOA 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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