These materials are for health professionals.
Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Clinicians (172 KB, PDF)
This guide was originally developed by Tobacco Free Nurses and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and has been revised for use by clinical providers in the VA Health Care System. The pocket guide provides brief guidance on the 5 A’s of smoking cessation counseling: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.
The HIV Provider Smoking Cessation Handbook (983 KB, PDF) and the accompanying My Smoking Cessation Workbook: A Resource for Patients (1.55 MB, PDF) were developed to promote evidence-based smoking cessation interventions for use by HIV-care providers treating HIV+ patients who smoke.
These resources were developed by the Veterans Health Administration HIV and Smoking Cessation Working Group of Clinical Public Health, Office of Public Health.
Feel free to use them in your own work and trainings. Please give credit to the Department of Veterans Affairs.
My Smoking Cessation Workbook:
HIV Provider Smoking Cessation
In May 2006, the VA Puget Sound Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center and the Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education, in collaboration with the Public Health National Prevention Program held preceptor training for VHA mental health and substance use disorder providers.
In September 2004, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center of the University of California, San Francisco and the VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group held a conference to review best practices in tobacco use cessation clinical programs and policies.
Final Rule on Elimination of Copayment for Smoking Cessation Counseling - Federal Register Online
The final rule eliminating copayments for smoking cessation counseling was effective January 17, 2006.
Information Letter (IL 10-2013-005) (36 KB, PDF)
This VA information letter includes background on electronic cigarettes and guidance from the Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization.
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Veterans Crisis Line:
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Last updated December 26, 2013