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’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign to help raise awareness of the free quit-smoking resources the agency offers health care professionals in order to help people quit for good. This content has been updated for 2018.

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 successfully give up smoking. More than 500,000 people have quit for good as a result of the campaign, according to the CDC. You can be a part of the campaign by helping your patients quit smoking for good so they can live healthier lives.

Free quit lines

The health care professionals section of the Tips website includes a handout for patients listing important reasons to quit and a conversation card that offers suggestions on how to have a discussion about quitting with your patients.

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 that patients can call to receive live support at no cost.

How to quit smoking

The how to quit smoking section of the Tips website offers smokers myriad suggestions to start their quit attempt/journey. Physician practices can consider linking to this page on their websites to share this resource with patients, along with listing the free 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) quit line.

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?”

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


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  2. Smoking is an addiction, and the best addiction program is the Alcoholic Anonymous 12 steps. This is the best starting point for any patient, and is not mentioned in your resources.
    Another modality not mentioned is acupuncture, which is also very helpful for addiction, craving, and psychological well being.

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