Ask and Act Tobacco Cessation Program
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.
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.
Ask and Act Resources
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.
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(14 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(16 page PDF)
This booklet walks patients through the steps for getting ready to quit, quitting, and staying quit.
Stop Smoking Guide - Spanish(345 KB PDF)
This booklet, translated into Spanish, walks patients through the steps for getting ready to quit, quitting, and staying quit.
More Ways to Get Invoved
Join the Ask and Act Listserv
The Ask and Act listserv is the place to receive tobacco-related news and updates, to share success stories and system changes you've put in place to help your patients quit tobacco use, or to ask questions. Email email@example.com to request to be added to the listserv.
Serve on the Advisory Committee
Join with your peers who share your passion. To express your interest in serving on the AAFP Tobacco Cessation Advisory Committee, email Diana Soafford, Senior Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Order Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Materials for Your Practice
Through the Ask and Act program, AAFP members have access to a variety of evidence-based resources to help patients quit using tobacco. Online ordering is available for materials created to serve family medicine practices, residency programs and departments, and AAFP constituent chapters.
Resources for AAFP Chapters
- Chapter Materials Request(1 page DOT) - Request Ask and Act materials for distribution at your meeting.
- Chapter Liaison Contact List - Get in touch with the Ask and Act liaison in your area.
- Ads for Chapter Publications - (Chapter Executives Only) Download Ask and Act ads from the AAFP Chapter Executives Online website. Use these ads to direct members to the Ask and Act website where they can access a variety of free resources they can use to help patients with their quit attempts. Ads are in pdf format and available in three sizes.