Smoking is a risk factor for dementia and 14% of Alzheimer’s disease cases are attributed to smoking–with Alzheimer’s ranking fifth as the cause of death for Vermonters.
Information for Health Care Providers
Health care providers like you can help Vermonters quit tobacco and e-cigarettes.
In fact, you have more influence on your patient’s decision to quit tobacco and e-cigarettes than any other source. Your patients trust you and look to you for guidance and direction when it comes to leading healthier lives. This section of 802Quits.org gives you easy-to-share information that will make it even easier for you to direct your patients to the resources they need to quit tobacco and e-cigarettes.
Your Referral is Critical
Your referral increases the chance of success. When you refer a patient to the free services available to quit tobacco and e-cigarettes, the chances of that patient actually quitting rise dramatically. Former Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D. says, “Taking just a few minutes to talk to your patients about smoking can double the odds of them successfully quitting.” Whether it’s gum & patches, quit help in person, quit help on the phone, or online, there are a number of options you can recommend to your patient. Also, it’s important for you and your patient to fill out the fax referral form. And remember, e-cigarettes are not a proven cessation device.
The fax referral form can be customized for your office.
Call 802-951-4004 to arrange.
Smoking Impacts the Entire Body.
Check out our interactive map below to see the physical and mental impacts of tobacco. Click on either an icon or a part of the body to learn more.
Worse Than We Thought
The 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health found that smoking causes lung cancer. Today, we know the impact of smoking on health and well-being is far worse. “Worse Than We Thought” explores the staggering health effects of smoking that are outlined in this year’s 50th anniversary Surgeon General’s Report. 20 million people have died from smoking in the last half century, including 2.5 million nonsmokers who died from diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
Most patients who use tobacco know it’s bad for them and would like to quit. Updated information about the consequences of tobacco use further underscores the urgency of quitting. In 2014, the Surgeon General reported new and alarming findings–laying out the staggering whole body impact of smoking.