This page has information on clinical care topics for health professionals, including dosing and duration of nicotine replacement therapy and best practices in tobacco control within the VA.
This pocket guide provides brief guidance on the 5 A’s of smoking cessation counseling: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.
These guidelines provide clinical guidance to VA health care providers on evidence-based tobacco use cessation interventions, including brief counseling, pharmacotherapy, telephone counseling, intensive treatment, and recommendations for cessation with specialty populations. The guidelines reflect a population-based approach to tobacco cessation as a major public health challenge.
Download the Veterans Health Administration's three part Tobacco Use Cessation Treatment Guidance, which includes easy to use flowcharts and a table detailing treatment options.
A wide variety of FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies and smoking cessation medications are available in the VA formulary.
The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General was released on June 27, 2006, and increases our understanding of the very serious health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke. Read major conclusions.
The Food and Drug Administration has posted consumer information about the potential health risks of e-cigarettes: FDA Warns of Health Risks Posed by E-Cigarettes (434 KB, PDF)
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Last updated April 15, 2014