You can help patients who smoke with the right tools
Too many Hoosiers continue to light up in spite of years of research linking cancer and other diseases to smoking. In fact, Indiana ranks higher than the national average for smoking prevalence, according to a new report from the U.S. Surgeon General.
The study, “The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress,” predicts that one in 10 Hoosier children will become smokers and die prematurely unless the state reduces its smoking rates.
The report calls on health leaders to use all the available tools to reduce tobacco use.
Find the complete report here.
Tools you can use
The Indiana Quitline is among the many resources available to your patients to help them stop smoking. This free service offers phone-based counseling and personalized text messages to help smokers manage their smoking cravings, get the right medication and prevent relapses.
Patients may call the Quitline at (800) 784-8669. Read more on the quitnow Indiana website.
New toolkit helps you counsel pregnant patients who smoke
With help from the IU School of Medicine, Promoting Smokefree Pregnancies in Indiana (PSPI) has developed a free resource to help you encourage pregnant patients who smoke to quit.
Based on recent research, the toolkit outlines evidence-based practices that address:
- Professional education and training
- Materials for pregnant patients
- Community-wide and employer-based programs and resources
- Communication through social and mass media campaigns
Additionally, the PSPI website offers videos and webinars for patients.
The effort complements ISMA policy that supports appropriate screening of all pregnant women in Indiana for legal and illegal use of prescription medications and other substances, including alcohol and tobacco.
PSPI is a statewide coalition dedicated to reducing the prevalence of smoking during pregnancy. The organization is funded through the Indiana State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission and housed at the Indiana Public Health Association.
Find the toolkit here.
ISMA Resolution 13-34 encourages screening and assistance for pregnant women who smoke and tasks our organization to actively support them with appropriate services. See the resolution on the ISMA website (member login required).
New resources help you encourage patients to quit smoking
The Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency (ITPC) offers you free resource materials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help your patients quit smoking. View the materials at the CDC website. To order, call Barb Cole at the ITPC at (317) 234-1787 or email her.