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Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update, sponsored by the Public Health Service, includes new, effective clinical treatments for tobacco dependence that have become available since the 2000 Guideline was published. This update will make an important contribution to the quality of care in the United States and to the health of the American people.

Accurate, up-to-date information and professional assistance are provided in two resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help support people who are trying to quit smoking:

  • You Can Quit Smoking Now. Go to:
  • 1-800-QUIT NOW—the national access number to State-based quitline services.


For Clinicians
For Systems Decisionmakers
For Tobacco Users
Ordering Information for 2008 Guideline Materials
Evidence Report
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For Clinicians

All health care providers, especially those with direct patient contact, have a unique opportunity to help tobacco users quit. Smokers cite a doctor's advice to quit as an important motivator for attempting to stop smoking. Materials to help you help them follow:

Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update—Clinical Practice Guideline (PDF file, 2 MB; Plugin Software Help)
     En español: Guía de tratamiento del tabaquismo (PDF File, 2.3 MB, PDF Ayuda).
      Supplement: Corrections and Additions to the 2008 Guideline Update
      General References for Guideline (PDF File, 200 KB)
      References for Studies in Meta-analyses (PDF file, 230 KB; Plugin Software Help)
Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians
Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Clinicians
Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Slide Presentations
      Slide Presentation (Overview)
      Slide Presentation (Full set)
 Tear Sheets: Primary Care Providers (PDF File, 60 KB, Plugin Software Help; Text Version)
      En español (PDF File, 514 KB, PDF Ayuda; Text Version)
 Tear Sheets: Prenatal Care Providers (PDF File, 538 KB, Plugin Software Help; Text Version)
      En español (PDF File, 514 KB, PDF Ayuda; Text Version)

For Systems Decisionmakers

Integrating the efforts of clinicians, health care systems, insurers, and purchasers provides an opportunity to increase rates of delivering tobacco dependence treatments, quit attempts, and successful smoking cessation. This Systems Change material will help advance that endeavor.

 Systems Change: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence

For Tobacco Users

Consumer materials to help tobacco users become tobacco-free.

Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users, Easy-to-Read Consumer Booklet
      En español: Ayuda para fumadores u otros consumidores de tabaco
You Can Quit Smoking, Pocket Card
Quitting Helps You Heal Faster, Hospital Card
      En español: Dejar de fumar le ayuda a sanar más rápido
 Poster: You Can Quit Smoking (PDF File, 67 KB, Plugin Software Help; Text Version)
      En español (PDF File, 38 KB, PDF Ayuda; Text Version)
 Smoking Cessation Public Service Announcements
   Former National Football League pro Darrell Green talks with kids about tobacco use and the Great American Smokeout

 Quit Smoking
      Explains the basics of quitting smoking and the benefits of quitting—and how to take action.
 Quit Smoking E-cards
      Remind friends and loved ones to quit smoking today. Choose "Quit Smoking" E-cards.

Ordering Information for 2008 Guideline Materials

Quit Smoking Products Ordering Information
      En español: Usted puede dejar de fumar

More Resources

 Search the healthfinder® Web site for more Smoking Cessation resources.
 Visit the National Women's Health Information Center Web site for a special section: A Breath of Fresh Air! Independence from Smoking.
 Go to the National Library of Medicine for consumer information on Smoking Cessation.
Twenty years ago, the first Surgeon General's report on secondhand smoke created greater awareness across the country about the exposure of nonsmokers to tobacco smoke. This report provides a fresh perspective on the best available science in this area to better inform policymakers, health professionals, and the public at large. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2006

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Current as of June 2012


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