Clinicians have a unique opportunity to intervene with patients who use tobacco. Smokers cite a physician’s advice to quit as an important motivator to stopsmoking. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service updated Clinical Practice Guideline entitled Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.
It contains strategies and recommendations to assist clinicians in delivering and supporting effective treatments for their patients.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available on the New York State Smokers’ Quitsite for Smoking Cessation with Adult Patients.
Other tools for clinicians including cessation materials for patients, health provider quit kits, the Fax-to-Quit program and information about how to obtain free nicotine replacement therapy are available from the New York State Smokers’ Quitsite.
Chemical Dependency Treatment Providers have taken up the challenge to address tobacco dependence in their programs. The Tobacco Recovery Resource Exchange offers resources for Administrators and Clinicians.
Teachers, Counselors and Youth Workers can obtain information on identifying best practices for tobacco cessation for adolescents at
Helping Young Smokers Quit. This is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.