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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. You know the drastic effects that smoking can have on your patients’ eye health. You see the toll smoking can have on vision.  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.

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:

How Can I Help My Patients Become Smokefree?

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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).

Professional Resources for Vision Care Professionals and Patients

See Jane See—Women’s Healthy Eyes Now
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Healthy Living, Healthy Vision
            Smoking and Vision Fact Sheet [PDF-178KB]

Other Resources

  • 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 Guide
    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 Blindness
    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 preventblindness.org/smoking.
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