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Smoking Cessation


Tobacco Free Florida offers a number of free and convenient resources to help tobacco users quit. The Florida Quitline and Web Coach® are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  In addition, face-to-face group cessation services are offered by the Florida Area Health Education Centers Network at convenient times and locations throughout the state.

  • For local face-to-face help, visit the Florida Area Health Education Centers Network “I Quit with AHEC” website:  http://www.ahectobacco.com/
  • To speak with a Quit Coach®, call 1-877-U-Can-Now (1-877-822-8669)
  • For online help, visit www.quitnow.net/florida

For information on referring your patients to local cessation services available through the Florida AHEC Network, please contact your local AHEC Program or Center office serving your county.  A directory of the Florida AHEC Network is available HERE.

 

Articles and Publications:

  • Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, sponsored by the Public Health Service, includes new, effective clinical treatments for tobacco dependence that have become available since the 2000 Guideline was published. This update will make an important contribution to the quality of care in the United States and to the health of the American people.   http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/clinicians/update/treating_tobacco_use08.pdf

  • Systems change describes specific strategies that health care administrators, managed care organizations, and purchasers of health plans can implement to treat tobacco dependence. These strategies include implementing a tobacco-user identification system; providing training, resources, and feedback; dedicating staff to provide tobacco dependence treatments and assessing delivery of treatment in staff performance evaluations; and promoting hospital policies that support and provide tobacco dependence services. Sponsored by the Public Health Service, the 2008 Update to the Clinical Practice Guideline  (above) presents evidenced-based guidelines for clinicians to use when treating their patients who use tobacco. The expert panel that developed this Guideline recognized that health professionals need the support of the health care systems in which they work in order for these treatment recommendations to be fully utilized.http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/tobacco/decisionmakers/systems/index.html

  • CDC's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2014 is an evidence-based guide to help states plan and establish effective tobacco control programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use. This document updates Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs—2007. This updated edition describes an integrated programmatic structure for implementing interventions proven to be effective and provides levels of state investment to prevent and reduce tobacco use in each state.  http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/stateandcommunity/best_practices/pdfs/2014/comprehensive.pdf

Other Resources:

The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General - This is the 32nd tobacco-related Surgeon General’s report issued since 1964.  It highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of smoking, and discusses opportunities that can potentially and the smoking epidemic in the United States.http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/initiatives/tobacco/index.html