Vision Professionals: Help Your Patients Quit Smoking

Vision Care Professional and Patient

You can play a key role in fighting tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Many smokers want to quit. And your patients trust you.  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.

How to Help Your Patients Quit Smoking

The following resources, including FAQs and free training, can help you learn more:

Resources for Your Patients and Practice

To help you in this important work, you can:

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Professional Resources for Vision Care Professionals and Patients

Other Resources

  • Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: A Quick Reference Guide for CliniciansExternal 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 GuideExternal 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
    • Cessation
    • Exposure to secondhand smoke
    • Minors’ access to tobacco products
    • Tobacco use among workers
    • Mass-reach health campaigns
  • Prevent BlindnessExternal
    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