Help your patients understand the dangers of tobacco and break the habit.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you as a healthcare provider can encourage your patients to do to improve their health. To that end, we have collected resources that support tobacco cessation efforts in your practice.
The 5 A’s
Successful intervention begins with identifying users and appropriate interventions based upon the patient's willingness to quit. The five major steps to intervention are the "5 A's": Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.
|Ask||Identify and document tobacco use status for every patient at every visit.|
|Advise||In a clear, strong, and personalized manner, urge every tobacco user to quit.|
|Assess||Is the tobacco user willing to make a quit attempt at this time?|
|Assist||For the patient willing to make a quit attempt, use counseling and pharmacotherapy to help him or her quit.|
|Arrange||Schedule followup contact, in person or by telephone, preferably within the first week after the quit date.|
The Community Guide is a collection of evidence-based findings from the Community Preventive Services Task Force. It's a resource to help you select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your organization. The following are recommended interventions to promote tobacco cessation. For complete details, including systematic reviews, tools, in-action stories, and other resources, click here.
|Reducing out-of-pocket costs for evidence-based cessation treatments||Quitline interventions|
|Mobile phone-based interventions||Incentives & competitions among workers, when combined with other interventions|
|Increase the Unit Price for Tobacco Products||Smoke-free policies|
|Mass reach health communication interventions (like the CDC TIPS campaign)||Restrict minors' access to tobacco products|
Nevada Tobacco Quitline
The Nevada Tobacco Quitline provides free and confidential online and telephone-based counseling, in either English or Spanish, for Nevada residents who want to address their tobacco use. This treatment service is delivered by counselors who are trained to treat nicotine addiction for all forms of tobacco use. Services are offered for tobacco users 13 years or older, with specially tailored counseling for youth, American Indians, and pregnant or post-partum women. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or enroll online.
Hours of operation: 7 days a week; 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time