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.
- 1-800-QUIT-NOW Cards(smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu)
- 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)
- State Tobacco Cessation Coverage Database(lungusa2.org)
- Information for your patients(familydoctor.org)
- State Quitline Profiles(map.naquitline.org)
- Affordable Care Act Tobacco Cessation Guidance Toolkit(www.lung.org)
More Ways to Get Invoved
Join the New Online Community
The Ask and Act listserv has been replaced with the Tobacco & Nicotine Prevention and Control community, a forum to share updates, evidence, resources, and questions and comments on tobacco control issues. You can log in to the community with your AAFP username and password. If you are not an AAFP member, please create an account. As a first-time visitor to the community, you will be asked to affirm a Code of Conduct.
Contact the AAFP member resource center at 1-800-274-2237 if you have questions.
Resources for AAFP Chapters
- 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.