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.

“Talk With Your Healthcare Team” Posters

Posters featuring participants from the Tips From Former Smokers campaign are available to download and print in both English and Spanish. Posters tell patients “You can quit” and direct patients to talk to their healthcare team, dental team, pharmacist, HIV specialist, or child’s healthcare team. Use these posters in clinics, pharmacies, and waiting rooms to start conversations with patients about quitting.

Amamda's Poster
Amanda B.’s Poster
(preterm birth)

Healthcare Teampdf icon [PDF – 9MB]

Healthcare Team (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 9MB]

Brian's Poster
Brian I.’s Poster
(HIV, carotid atherosclerosis)

HIV Specialistpdf icon [PDF – 9MB]
Pharmacistpdf icon [PDF – 9MB]

HIV Specialist (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 9MB]
Pharmacist (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 9MB]

Felicita's Poster
Felicita R.’s Poster
(periodontal disease, tooth loss)

Dental Teampdf icon [PDF – 4MB]

Dental Team (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 4MB]

Jessica's Poster
Jessica S.’s Poster
(secondhand smoke, asthma)

Healthcare Teampdf icon [PDF – 1MB]
Child’s Healthcare Teampdf icon [PDF – 1MB]

Healthcare Team (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 1MB]
Child’s Healthcare Team (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 1MB]

Marlene's Poster
Marlene K.’s Poster
(AMD age-related macular degeneration)

Healthcare Teampdf icon [PDF – 538K]

Healthcare Team (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 544K]

Roosevelt's Poster
Roosevelt S.’s Poster
(heart attack)

Healthcare Teampdf icon [PDF – 1MB]
Pharmacistpdf icon [PDF – 1MB]

Healthcare Team (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 1MB]
Pharmacist (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 1MB]

Rose's Poster
Rose H.’s Poster
(lung cancer)

Healthcare Teampdf icon [PDF – 6MB]

Healthcare Team (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 6MB]

Shawn's Poster
Shawn W.’s Poster
(throat cancer)

Healthcare Teampdf icon [PDF – 5MB]
Pharmacistpdf icon [PDF – 5MB]

Healthcare Team (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 5MB]
Pharmacist (Español)pdf icon [PDF – 5MB]

Case Study

Healthcare providers play a key role in helping patients quit tobacco use. Below is a case study which 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.

pharmacist assisting customer

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 2 million times in the 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 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 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 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 Cardiology (ACC)

The mission of the ACCexternal icon is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. Learn more about ACC’s expert consensus decision pathway on Tobacco Cessation Treatmentexternal icon.

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 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 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 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.

The Foundation for Health Smart Consumers

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

Health Ministries Association (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 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 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 Sheetpdf iconexternal icon [PDF].

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.


STRANDexternal 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 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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