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Tobacco Resources for Health Professionals
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the adverse health effects of cigarette smoking cause an estimated 438,000 deaths each year in the U.S. – nearly one out of every five deaths. 
Health professionals can significantly reduce the number of deaths from tobacco use by:

  • Discussing tobacco use with every patient at every visit.
  • Using an evidence-based approach to give education and support to patients who indicate they may be ready to quit.

Consistent interventions by multiple health professionals in a variety of settings (hospitals, medical clinics, dental offices, chiropractic offices, pharmacies, etc.) have the potential to substantially increase levels of quitting and readiness to quit.

Get more information:
Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Clinicians

(The key points of the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline are summarized in a pocket-sized Guide for Clinicians - available locally from Goodhue County Public Health Service.)

You Can Quit Smoking: Prenatal smoking cessation    En Español
(Clinician tear sheet from the CDC – use to educate prenatal patients and help them get ready to quit.)

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update
The U.S. Public Health Service revised its Clinical Practice Guideline in May 2008.  This publication gives health care providers an evidence based approach for treating tobacco use and dependence that incorporates the latest research. 

CDC Office on Smoking and Health: Smoking and Tobacco Use
(Resources and links to information on tobacco use and cessation from the CDC.)

The Impact of Smoking-Cessation Intervention by Multiple Health Professionals  (Am J Prev Med 2008;34(1):54–60)
(Smoking-cessation interventions by more than one type of health professional have the potential to substantially increase quitting and readiness to quit.)

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