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 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.

Watch videos of Vermont health care providers share their firsthand experiences of referring patients to

The fax referral form can be customized for your office.
Call 802-951-4004 to arrange.

Tobacco and Oral Health


Periodontal disease is one of the many side effects of smoking.

Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Tobacco Use


With 40% of Vermont’s 81,000 smokers impacted by depression and 23% classified as binge drinkers, it’s vital for patients to know that tobacco use impedes their recovery from substance abuse and depression.

Smoking and Respiratory Diseases


Chemicals from tobacco smoke result in COPD, increased severity of lung disease and higher risk for respiratory infections.

Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease


Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular disease–the single largest cause of death in the US. Even people who smoke fewer than five cigarettes a day may show signs of cardiovascular disease.

Smoking and Cancer


One of every three cancer deaths in the US is linked to smoking–including colorectal cancer and liver cancer.

Smoking and Reproduction


Tobacco use during pregnancy contributes to the death of the mother, fetus and infant–while smoking before pregnancy can reduce fertility.

Smoking and Diabetes


Compared to nonsmokers, smokers have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes–a disease that affects over 25 million adults in the US.

What You Need to Know About Smoking


Studies show that smokers who talk with their health care providers about how to quit dramatically increase their chances of success–especially when medication and counseling are both suggested to the patient.

Smoking and Overall Health


Smokers die ten years earlier than nonsmokers-and smokers visit the doctor more often, miss more work and experience worse health and sickness.



Smoking is a contributor to rheumatoid arthritis–a long-term disease that can cause premature death, disability, and compromised quality of life.

Smoking and Adult Blindness


Smoking restricts blood flow and is now known to cause AMD (Age-related macular degeneration).

Erectile Dysfunction


Cigarette smoke alters blood flow and smoking interferes with the functioning of blood vessels–both contributors to erectile problems and fertility.

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.

Source: Figure 1A The health consequences causally linked to smoking from The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress A Report of the Surgeon General Executive Summary

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.