Snuffing out smoking

Kicking the habit: Free resources to help your patients quit smoking

The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has free, evidence-based resources to help you support your patients’ quit attempts.

Editor’s note: The AOA has partnered with the CDC to help raise awareness of the free quit-smoking resources the agency offers health care professionals.

Nearly half of smokers try to quit each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, and the majority of tobacco and nicotine users say they want to quit–yet only 4 to 7 percent will succeed.

Evidence-based resources

The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health has free, evidence-based resources to help you support your patients’ quit attempts. Its successful Tips From Former Smokers™ (Tips™) campaign offers resources that can be used to complement efforts to help patients who smoke quit for good.

The health care professional section of the Tips website includes a handout for patients listing important reasons to quit, a conversation card that offers suggestions on how to have a discussion about quitting with your patients, and a free (up to 4.5 hours) CME training that allows virtual interactions with smoking patients.

Free quit lines

Also featured on this page, DOs can find information about why quit lines are successful and information on English, Spanish, and Asian language quit lines patients can call to receive live support at no cost.

Additional resources are available, including Tips-branded “Talk With Your Health Care Team” posters. Health care providers can order notepads that ask “Need help quitting smoking?” and list the free 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) quit line and the Tips website.

You can also visit the Tips Download Center for ads to display or play in your waiting room.