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Referral network offers resources to help patients quit smoking
e-Reports, August 9, 2010
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Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation (ITPC) offers a new program that gives you exclusive resources to help your patients kick their addiction to tobacco.

By enrolling in the QUIT NOW Referral Network you will have direct access to ITPC’s cessation specialists, information on the latest research, fax referral privileges to specially trained quit coaches and a toolkit that includes:

  • A five-step patient screening guide
  • A pharmacotherapy chart with insurance codes as a guide to reimbursement
  • Information on how to ask, advise and refer patients to the Indiana Tobacco Quitline
  • A guideline update on treating tobacco use and dependence
  • Samples of free patient brochures

ITPC’s referral network comes at a time when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has new state-by-state data on smoking and tobacco use. According to the study, 26 percent of Indiana’s adult population smokes cigarettes. However, only .6 percent of those smokers called the Quitline, which is far below the national average of 2.8 percent.

Read the report on the CDC website.

To enroll in ITPC’s QUIT NOW Referral Network, go here or call (317) 234-1787.

Also, find Indiana Tobacco Quit-line promotional materials here.

Decade-old tobacco settlement continues to help defray health costs

Indiana received more than $134 million in April as the result of a settlement agreement with tobacco companies. The payment is the 11th installment over a 25-year period from a nationwide lawsuit to recover the Medicaid costs of smoking-related illnesses and to reduce youth smoking.

Annual settlement payments, which began in 1998, are based on the numbers of cigarettes sold. To date, Indiana has received a total of nearly $1.53 billion in revenue.

The Master Settlement Agreement between the states and the tobacco industry also called for changes in cigarette advertising and marketing, including a ban on targeting children through ads.

“The overriding goal in enforcing the Master Settlement Agreement is to curtail the types of advertising that otherwise might lure impressionable young people into starting the smoking habit,” said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

Efforts to reduce smoking among Indiana’s youth have been successful. The 2008 Indiana Youth Tobacco Survey showed that 18.3 percent of high school students smoke, a decline from 23.2 percent in 2006. Tobacco use among middle school students dropped from 7.7 percent in 2006 to 4.1 percent in 2008.

However, the recently released 2009 Indiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey indicates high school students here were as likely to be smokers and users of smokeless tobacco products as other teens in the U.S.

The national survey focused on six categories: weight management and dietary behaviors, physical activity, injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use and sexual behavior. Find the complete study here.

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