As a health care provider, you are a trusted source of information. You can play an important role in helping your patients and clients quit tobacco by connecting them with cessation resources. Below are links to resources that can assist you and ultimately improve the health of your patients and clients.
Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Infographic — Thousands of Nebraskans were served by the Quitline in 2013. See who's using the service.
Talk With Your Doctor Colleague Letter — As part of the 2013 CDC Tips From Former Smokers national tobacco education campaign, there is a "Talk With Your Doctor" initiative. This is a letter to colleagues from Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer Joseph A. Acierno, M.D., J.D., about the initiative.
Coverage of Tobacco Cessation Update — Nebraska Medicaid Provider Bulletin No.10-48 (dated September 14, 2010) supersedes previous tobacco cessation provider bulletins.
Medicaid Fax Referral Form
Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy & Beyond — This virtual clinic is a free, interactive Web-based program designed for health care professionals to hone their skills in assisting pregnant women to quit smoking. Up to four hours of continuing education credits can be earned by completing the practicum. The program includes case simulations and mini-lectures from leading experts on motivational interviewing and pharmacotherapy use during pregnancy and beyond. The training is available through August 2014.
Tobacco Use and Dependence: An Updated Review of Treatments
— A Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW-CTRI) activity with the goal of helping health care providers identify effective interventions for tobacco use that can be offered during clinical/medical visits. Credit hours for physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists are available. (Free registration to the UW-CTRI Website is required.) Valid for credit through 1/25/16.
What to Tell Your Patients About Smoking
— A one-page factsheet that features smoking-attributable chronic disease information as well as “how to quit” information from the Clinical Practice Guidelines (published by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality). The fact sheet provides simple talking points and key information to help medical providers talk to their patients about quitting tobacco use.
The Five A's
— Quitting tobacco use is one of the most impactful health decisions a person can make. To help your patients make that decision, remember the "Five A's" when counseling.
Nebraska Tobacco Quitline Web banners for placement on Websites:
Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence — This is the U.S. Public Health Service sponsored Clinical Practice Guideline. It implores health care providers to ask their patients two key questions: "Do you smoke?" and "Do you want to quit?" followed by using the recommendations outlined in the Guideline.
Rx for Change — This program - sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco - was designed to enhance the tobacco cessation education of health professionals. It is a comprehensive program for training students and licensed clinicians in virtually any health professional field.
Treatobacco.net — This Website is for those working on the treatment of tobacco dependence throughout the world. It presents authoritative, evidence-based information about the treatment of tobacco dependence. Sponsored by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, in partnership with the International Union Against Cancer and the InterAmerican Heart Foundation.