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Provider information about tobacco or nicotine cessation

Encouraging your patients to quit smoking/vaping or using other tobacco products is one of the most important things you can do as a healthcare professional.

Connecting your patients who use tobacco/nicotine with evidence-based treatments, including FDA-approved medications and behavioral counseling, greatly increases their chances of a successful quit.  People who use both medications AND counseling are more than twice as likely to quit for good.

Each time a clinician intervenes with a patient who uses tobacco, that patient’s likelihood of quitting increases by 30%. Even brief interventions lasting less than three minutes are effective. You may need to intervene repeatedly with your tobacco-using patients, just as you would when assisting patients with managing any chronic condition. Most tobacco users try to quit multiple times before they are successful.

Remind all patients that their insurance covers prescription medicines under the ACA.

Refer patients through Quitworks, a free, evidence-based referral service that connects patients with phone, web, and text coaching via 1-800-QUIT-NOW to help them quit tobacco/nicotine. Patients enrolled may be eligible to receive free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). For more information about 1-800-QUIT-NOW, visit their website pages for providers.

 

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