HELP YOUR PATIENTS START A HEALTHY, TOBACCO-FREE LIFESTYLE.
The dangers of tobacco reach far beyond lung cancer. Tobacco complicates conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and postsurgical healing. It reduces fertility for patients who are trying to get pregnant and contributes to numerous serious health conditions.
Doctors can play a big role in helping patients become tobacco free. You can offer options, medications and support to patients as they make the choice to become tobacco free. Several physician associations and nonprofit organizations offer additional options for helping patients quit tobacco:
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- American Dental Association
- American Heart Association
- American Pharmacists Association
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HELP FOR PROVIDERS AND SYSTEMS
Are you a healthcare provider or healthcare system interested in helping patients quit? Options and best practices are available to help reduce the impact of tobacco use on patients and clinical staff. The Center for the Advancement of Wellness at the Oklahoma State Department of Health offers technical assistance to help mitigate the dangers of tobacco use:
- Environmental assessment, policy development and change implementation to communicate a tobacco-free vision.
- Support for implementing a systems change approach to tobacco control. The process creates a tobacco-free environment for employees, patients and visitors while creating a structure for assessing and treating patients for tobacco use.
- Assistance in implementing a fax or EMR referral system for the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.
- Other technical assistance and training for tobacco cessation within the healthcare setting.
CESSATION SYSTEMS & HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS INITIATIVES
Center for the Advancement of Wellness
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Members of the Oklahoma Hospital Association may also contact OHA for assistance with integrating cessation support into their hospital system:
Oklahoma Hospital Association
Eric Finley, MPH
Health Improvement Initiatives Manager
4000 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
E-cigarettes and vapor products have become increasingly popular and accessible in Oklahoma. This development has raised many questions about the effects of smoking nicotine vapors. The Oklahoma State Department of Health website provides additional information about e-cigarettes and vapor products.
Additionally, the following organizations have released statements about the potential dangers of smoking e-cigarettes:
- American Legacy Foundation
- American Lung Association
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration
- World Health Organization