FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
There has never been a more important time for your patients to quit.
Your encouragement, empathy and advice are critical throughout a patient’s quit journey. We can help you with those conversations.
Ask at every visit. If your patient doesn’t appear “ready,” or if they’ve tried many times, you can motivate them to consider quitting just by asking. Use these Talking Points (PDF) developed by Vermont providers.
Refer to 802Quits. Different Vermont adult and youth cessation programs allow your patients to find what works for them. Resources are free and comprehensive and available online, in person, by phone, by text and with access to nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), including free patches, gum and lozenges. NRT is available to adults 18+ and is recommended off-label with prescription for youth under 18 years old who are moderately or severely addicted to nicotine and motivated to quit.
Customized resources and rewards are available for special populations like Medicaid Members (rewards up to $150), LGBTQ, American Indians and pregnant Vermonters (rewards up to $250). Those who use menthol tobacco products can earn incentives with program enrollment (rewards up to $150).
A Toolkit of Cessation Resources for Providers
Download materials and resources compiled from across this site, including talking points, patient materials, guides, presentations and forms related to engaging patients for tobacco cessation counseling, referring to 802Quits, Vermont Cessation programs, quit medication and youth vaping.
New ATC and USPSTF clinical practice guideline for treatment of tobacco dependence in adults.
The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and the American Thoracic Society (ATS) recently published a new joint guideline on primary care–based interventions to promote tobacco cessation in adults. The recommendations include:
- Varenicline over a nicotine patch for adults with whom treatment is being initiated.
- Clinicians begin treatment with varenicline rather than waiting until patients are ready to stop tobacco use.
Read the USPSTF recommendation statement published in JAMA.
Read the ATS recommendations in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine or watch a two-minute video.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends mobile phone text messaging interventions for tobacco smoking cessation to increase the number of adults who successfully quit. This recommendation updates and replaces the 2011 CPSTF recommendation for this intervention approach.
Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Benefits
It’s easier now than ever to help your patients quit. And many Vermonters aren’t aware of the comprehensive benefits available through Medicaid and the 802Quits programming for tobacco cessation, including up to $150 in rewards.