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Real Stories
Kathleen "The money I saved by quitting smoking put me in the driver’s seat... of my brand new motorcycle."
Hillary "Quitting smoking is the best thing I did for myself."
Alex "Since I quit, everything is better."
Bobbie "Focus on the positive; take it a day or even a minute at a time."
Heidi "Now that I have quit, I am healthier and I have lost weight. "
Jim "A cigarette is not controlling my ability to do things."
Anika "I promised my dad on his deathbed that I would quit. It took me 13 years, but I did it. "
George "My counselor Trish, from the Quitline is a big reason for my success"
Representative Cory Atkins "Since quitting, my life is better in 1,000 ways."

Quit-smoking Solutions for Healthcare Settings

How You Can Apply the Research

For Physicians:

For Nurses:

  • Tobacco Free Nurses cessation and tobacco control resources specifically targeted for nurses, including a library of references by and about nurses and tobacco control.
  • Registered Nurses Association of Ontario/Tobacco Free RNAO smoking cessation Best Practice Guideline and other education and smoking intervention resources.

For Dental Professionals:

  • American Dental Hygienists’ Association Ask. Advise. Refer.: a national smoking cessation initiative designed to promote cessation intervention by dental hygienists consistent with recommended guidelines.
  • American Dental Association (ADA): information for dentists about smoking (tobacco) cessation and oral health education.
  • “Give Tobacco the Boot”: an ADA hand-out on oral health risks of tobacco use designed to prompt discussion between dentists and their patients.

For Hospitals:

For Behavioral Health Professionals (Mental Health and Substance Abuse):

  • Smoking Cessation Leadership Center behavioral health resources: information for tobacco treatment for people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
  • Tobacco Cessation Leadership Network Bringing Everyone Along: a resource guide assists health professionals treating tobacco use in patients with mental health or substance abuse disorders.

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Technical Assistance and Training

Free technical assistance is available for healthcare systems. The University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training provides free technical assistance and training to Massachusetts health systems to meet Meaningful Use requirements, Patient-Centered Medical Home requirements, and/or Joint Commission standards. Assistance is also available for quality improvement efforts of existing tobacco intervention programs. Recent research shows that a comprehensive tobacco cessation program can assist hospitals in preventing readmissions.*

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*1 Rigotti NA, Clair C, Munafo MR, Stead L. Cochrane Library 2012, September, 2012

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