Ask and Act Tobacco Cessation Program
Of the 46 million current U.S. smokers, 70 percent say they would like to quit. Family physicians are taking a frontline approach to helping these smokers meet their goal. The AAFP's tobacco cessation program, "Ask and Act," encourages family physicians to ASK all patients about tobacco use, then to ACT to help them quit.
There's strong evidence that advice from a health care professional can more than double smoking cessation success rates. And research shows that patients are more satisfied with their health care if their primary care provider offers smoking cessation interventions – even if patients are not yet ready to quit. Take advantage of the resources on this site to make your interventions with your patients who use tobacco even more effective.
- AAFP Patient Education Materials on Tobacco Addiction(familydoctor.org)
- Free Publications from the CDC(www.cdc.gov)
- Tips from Former Smokers(www.cdc.gov)
- Kick the Habit(www.cancer.org)
- Online Guide to Quitting(www.smokefree.gov)
- Materials for Clinicians(www.surgeongeneral.gov)
- State Tobacco Cessation Coverage Database(lungusa2.org)
Treating Tobacco Dependence Practice Manual(24 page PDF)
Follow the recommendations in this manual to build a better office system and help patients quit tobacco use.
View coding references for tobacco prevention and cessation counseling for patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private and commercial insurance payers.
Guide to Integrating Tobacco Cessation Into Electronic Health Records(2 page PDF)
Recommendations for creating a template to ensure tobacco exposure is addressed with patients and treatment is adequately documented.
Guide to Tobacco Cessation Group Visits(12 page PDF)
Step-by-step guide to conducting and billing for group visits to help your patients quit smoking.
Pharmacologic Product Guide(2 page PDF)
Handy, detailed guide for quick access to information on dosing, precautions, and side effects of FDA-approved tobacco cessation medications.
Prescription Pad - English(1 page PDF)
Prescribe healthy habits. Give these "prescriptions" to patients who are ready to quit so they'll know what to do before, during, and after their quit dates.
Prescription Pad - Spanish(1 page PDF)
Prescribe healthy habits. Give these "prescriptions" to your Spanish speaking patients who are ready to quit so they'll know what to do before, during, and after their quit dates.
Stop Smoking Guide - English(20 page PDF)
This booklet walks patients through the steps for getting ready to quit, quitting, and staying quit.
Stop Smoking Guide - Spanish(20 page PDF)
This booklet, translated into Spanish, walks patients through the steps for getting ready to quit, quitting, and staying quit.