Patient Care

Tobacco dependence is a chronic, relapsing disorder that, like other chronic diseases, often requires repeated intervention and long-term support.1 The majority of people who use tobacco want to quit, but most try to quit multiple times before succeeding.2

Healthcare providers in a variety of settings play a critical role in helping people quit using tobacco.1 Even brief advice from you can make it much more likely that your patients will try to quit—and ultimately succeed.1 Evidence-based treatment—including counseling and cessation medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—significantly increases success in quitting tobacco.1,3 You can make a difference!

Using the resources below, you can help ensure that your patients have the right tools to begin their quit journeys.

Visit the Health Effects page for more information about the health consequences of tobacco use.

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.

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Tutorial Video: Million Hearts® Tobacco Cessation Change Package

Tobacco dependence is a chronic, relapsing disorder that, like other chronic diseases, often requires repeated intervention and long-term support.1 The majority of people who use tobacco want to quit, but most try to quit multiple times before succeeding.2

Healthcare providers in a variety of settings play a critical role in helping people quit using tobacco.1 Even brief advice from you can make it much more likely that your patients will try to quit—and ultimately succeed.1 Evidence-based treatment—including counseling and cessation medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—significantly increases success in quitting tobacco.1,3 You can make a difference!

Using the resources below, you can help ensure that your patients have the right tools to begin their quit journeys.

Visit the Health Effects page for more information about the health consequences of tobacco use.

Patient Care

References
  1. Fiore MC, Jaen CR, Baker TB, et al. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update.external icon Clinical Practice Guideline. Rockville, MD: Public Health Service, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2008.
  2. Babb, S, Malarcher A, Schauer G, Asman K, Jamal A. Quitting Smoking Among Adults – United States, 2000-2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2017;65(52):1457-1464.
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General [PDF–36 MB].pdf iconexternal icon Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2014.