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Whether you are a physician, nurse, dentist, social worker, mental health counselor, respiratory therapist, or allied health professional, we know healthcare professionals can make a difference in their tobacco-using patient’s quit process. A brief conversation with your patient can help promote quit motivation, reinforce nicotine as a treatable condition, facilitate quit planning, and lead to a quit attempt.



can be used as a guide to address tobacco use with your patients.


Ask about their tobacco use at every visit.


Advise tobacco users to quit. Be firm, clear, and personal. Ambivalence is common.

Try to be non-judgmental when responding to your patient's feelings about quitting and tobacco use.


Assess how ready your patient is to quit tobacco use.

Stages of change and numeric scales are useful to determine readiness to quit tobacco.


Assist in a quit attempt.


Arrange follow-up support.

  • Telephonic or in person outreach within the patient’s quit-date week
  • Refer follow-up support through the Quitline
  • Refer to local programs
  • For other tobacco users, address tobacco use at each visit
2x the chance of a successful quit attempt for your patients.

Most health plans cover stop-smoking medications, including nicotine replacement therapy prescribed by a healthcare professional.

NYS Medicaid covers evidence-based smoking cessation treatment, including all seven FDA-approved medications, when prescribed. Private health insurance and Medicare plans vary.

Please use the following for your patient’s post-visit summary –

Most nicotine replacement therapy is covered by health insurance. Please visit for more information about quitting smoking.
Last updated 5/21/2021 3:34 PM
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