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Encourage Your Patients to Quit Smoking
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As a health care professional, you’re in a unique position to positively affect a smokers decision to quit tobacco use. If 100,000 health care professionals were to help just 10% of their smoking patients quit, an estimated 3 million smokers would quit each year.
Once you’ve had the initial discussion with your patient, schedule a telephone or office follow-up. Talk with patients a few days after they've quit and again later in the month. Congratulate them if they've been successful or offer them assistance if they haven't. Discuss more intensive treatments if necessary.
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HOW TO HELP
Help your patients to quit smoking by following the 5 A’s:
MORE QUICK TIPS
MyLastDip.com, a Web-based treatment program for young smokeless tobacco users, is available to your community as an important resource. Chewing tobacco and snuff users aged 14-25 can register to take part in this free, self-help quitting program. Participants are asked to complete research questionnaires on-line to help evaluate the quitting program, and can earn up to $40 in return. Please visit http://info.mylastdip.com for more information about starting program initiatives in your community.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Public Health Advisory Alert for New Safety Warnings Concerning Chantix
On February 1, 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an updated Public Health Advisory to alert health care providers, patients, and caregivers to new safety warnings concerning Chantix (varenicline), a prescription medication used to help patients stop smoking. This communication can be viewed at http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01788.html