Health Care Provider Resources
As a health care professional, you understand the negative effects your patients live with as a result of tobacco addiction. But tobacco cessation is one area where we can make a positive impact on health outcomes in Louisiana. Together with counseling or medication, quit rates can be significantly greater than quitting without help.1
We encourage all health care providers to enroll in the Fax-To-Quit Louisiana program and help your patients by utilizing the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. Your role as a clinician in the quitting process is critical. You are the link between the patient and the help they need to quit tobacco. Often a tobacco user will make several attempts before succeeding in quitting. So if the patient does not follow through the first time or tries and relapses, do not see this as negative. Tobacco users can learn from each quit attempt, and eventually, with help and reinforcement, the next attempt may be successful.
The Smoking Cessation Trust is also a free resource available to your patients.
- What is available? Free counseling, services and prescription medications for those that qualify
- Who is eligible? Must be a Louisiana resident and had started smoking before 9/1/88
- This program provides for the reimbursement of Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), Telephone Quit Line Services, Office Visits and Counseling.
- For more information see Smoking Cessation Provider Guide
- If your patient doesn’t qualify for the Trust, the Fax-To-Quit program is an option.
Thank you for playing this important role in helping to make Louisiana a healthier place.
1 Tobacco Use and Dependence Guideline Panel. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Rockville (MD): US Department of Health and Human Services; 2008 May. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK63952/