Clinical Education and Training

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Talking to patients about quitting tobacco and tracking their quit progress helps them understand that you, as a clinician, are on their side. However, you may not be sure how to start the conversation. Below are training resources offering evidence-based information and practical advice to help your patients quit.

  • Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation. A comprehensive tobacco cessation training program for health professionals of all disciplines which aims to equip clinicians with evidence-based knowledge and skills for assisting patients with quitting tobacco use.
  • Healthcare Provider Training Videos, University of Wisconsin-Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. Multiple training videos aimed at outpatient, inpatient, and behavioral healthcare providers from a variety of specialties. Includes training on using motivational interviewing to help patients quit smoking.
  • Medscape video (Conducting a Brief 2A & R Tobacco Intervention). An informational video featuring Tim McAfee, MD, former senior medical officer to CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health. This video shares the steps that you can take to conduct brief interventions with your patients.
  • Medscape video – HIV and Smoking John Brooks, MD, Leader of the HIV Epidemiology Research Team at the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention explains the added dangers of smoking with HIV, and what steps you can take to help your patients.
Smoking Cessation Video Resources

Counseling and Medication Can Help Your Patients Quit Smoking


Helping your patients quit smoking is one of the most important ways you can improve their health. Learn how to help them quit for good: CDC.gov/TobaccoHCP

Healthcare Professionals: Advise Your Patients to Quit Smoking


Helping your patients quit smoking can have positive health benefits, no matter their age or how long they have smoked. Learn how to help your patients quit for good: CDC.gov/TobaccoHCP

Tobacco Dependence is Treatable


Tobacco dependence is treatable, and you can play a critical role in helping patients quit smoking. Learn how to help your patients quit for good: CDC.gov/TobaccoHCP

Quitlines Support Your Patients To Quit Smoking


When your patients who smoke call a quitline, trained counselors will help them build a quit plan, discuss medications, and connect them to other free resources to help them quit. Refer your patients who smoke to your state quitline through 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Quitlines Can Help Your Patients Quit Smoking


Combined with your support, calling a toll-free quitline can help your patients quit smoking for good. Refer your patients who smoke to your state quitline through 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Help Your Pregnant Patients Quit Smoking


If you have patients who smoke and are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you can play a key role in helping them quit – for their health and the health of their baby. Learn how to help them quit for good: CDC.gov/TobaccoHCP

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