Research suggests that although most patients want to quit tobacco, they are uncertain or fearful of the process and doubtful that they’ll succeed. Many have trouble knowing where to start. As a provider, you have more influence on a patient’s decision to quit tobacco than any other source. Your patients trust you and look to you for guidance and direction when it comes to leading healthier lives. Below are several tools and resources to help you support your patients in their efforts to quit tobacco.
Supportive and Caring. Dr. Walter Gundel, Cardiologist, discusses the importance of a simple patient referral to 802Quits. (0:00:30)
There has never been a more important time for your patients to quit.
- Tobacco use in smoking and vaping has a negative impact on lung health.
- Smoking is detrimental to the immune system and its responsiveness to infections.
- Smokers are twice more likely than non-smokers to contract influenza and to have more severe symptoms.
- Current research states “smoking is most likely associated with the negative progression and adverse outcomes of COVID-19.”
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