ASA Stop Smoking Initiative for Providers
Welcome to the ASA Stop Smoking Initiative website. This site provides the tools that you need to help your patients quit smoking.
Are you a patient looking for information on quitting smoking before surgery? Visit our patient site, LifelineToModernMedicine.com.
Stop Smoking Starter Kit
A Stop Smoking Starter Kit that includes Patient and Provider brochures, 1-800-QUIT-NOW cards, and a display stand are available free. Applicable shipping and handling charges apply. Use the convenient stand to display Be Smoke-Free for Surgery brochures along with Quit Line Cards at surgical centers, hospital admissions, reception, waiting areas, any place that patients may congregate.
Items can also be purchased separately:
Be Smoke-Free for Surgery – Patient Brochure
This brochure explains seven benefits of quitting smoking before surgery and how to get help through Tobacco Quit Lines.
Purchase the Smoke-Free for Surgery brochures.
Tobacco Quit Line Card
1-800-QUIT-NOW is a free service offered to help people stop smoking. When a patient calls, a quit coach works to develop a personalized plan and provide information to help them quit for good.
Purchase the 1-800-QUIT-NOW cards.
Stop Smoking Before Surgery Video
This brief video explains why stopping smoking before surgery is important and why anesthesiologists care. The video can also be viewed on YouTube and Yahoo! Video.
Provider Reimbursement PowerPoint Presentation
Anesthesiologists can be reimbursed by Medicare for providing even brief interventions to help their patients stop smoking. This presentation tells you how.
Provider PowerPoint Presentation
This presentation reviews the reasons why surgical patients should quit smoking and describes how anesthesiologists can quickly and easily help. The PPT is downloadable with notes for your use in talking with your peers or patients.
Why should I recommend that my patients quit smoking before surgery? – Provider Brochure
This brochure describes how you can quickly and easily help your patients get connected with free resources that can help them quit smoking.
Read the ASA House of Delegates Statement on Smoking Cessation.
Learn more about tobacco control
Interested in learning more about how to help your patients quit smoking? The Rx for Change curriculum provides a variety of materials, including annotated presentations, frequently asked questions, and videos demonstrating methods to help patients quit, that are specific for surgical patients. Brief free registration is required, but all materials are available at no cost and can be used in the classroom for students, residents or as training for clinicians.
Links to other resources
There are many free Web sites patients can use to learn how to quit smoking successfully.
American Lung Association
Smoking Cessation – You Can Quit Smoking Now!
Sign up for our Stop Smoking Listserv. We will discuss best practices, perioperative care of surgical patients and how as medical professionals we can help them quit smoking.
Join the ASA Stop Smoking Listserv