Resources for Health Professionals
Smokefree.gov is a trusted source for evidence-based smoking cessation tools and content. The tools below can be useful for both researchers and health care providers.
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Smokefree values smoking cessation research studies and programs that expand our knowledge and understanding of how to help people quit smoking. Smokefree regularly works with researchers, practitioners, and program planners interested in using Smokefree for their research or implementation programs.
If you are interested in incorporating Smokefree content, resources (e.g., websites, mobile applications, or text messaging programs), or data into a project, please contact NCISmokeFreeTeam@mail.nih.gov.
Smokefree Data Use Agreement
All persons who use Smokefree products or receive data on persons using Smokefree products are required to sign the Smokefree Data Use Agreement. Consistent with HHS and NIH mandates, ensuring the confidentiality of Smokefree.gov users is of the utmost importance. The core objective of the data sharing agreement is to ensure appropriate confidentiality and data management practices.
Smokefree.gov Mobile Interventions
QuitNowTXT Message Library
The QuitNowTXT text messaging library was developed to provide health departments, academic institutions, and government agencies with an algorithm and database of messages designed to serve as smoking cessation intervention for individuals who are ready to quit smoking. The library includes day-specific messages including keyword responses. The full library and overview can be downloaded here:
NOTE: Developers creating any programs based on the QuitNowTXT library assume all risk and responsibility. Programs developed from this library are not endorsed by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) or other federal agencies, and statements indicating support or endorsement by the federal government may not be used.
SmokefreeTXT Text Messaging Program
SmokefreeTXT is a mobile-based smoking cessation intervention designed for teens and adults across the United States who are ready to quit smoking. SmokefreeTXT was created to provide 24/7 encouragement, advice, and tips to help individuals stop smoking for good.
Materials for Distribution
About Smokefree.gov Fact Sheet
Provides detailed information about the features and resources on Smokefree.gov available to individuals who currently smoke and are considering quitting. The Web site, Smokefree.gov was designed to address smoking-related topics relevant to smokers such as stress, secondhand smoke, and withdrawal. The fact sheet also highlights resources available to smokers that connect them to expert services such as LiveHelp instant messaging and the National Cancer Institute’s Quitline (1-877-44U-QUIT).
BecomeAnEX is a free three-step plan to re-learn life without cigarettes and quit smoking for good. EX will help you pick your smoking apart into little pieces you can tackle one by one. Once you begin, you’ll start to look at quitting smoking not as one huge war, but as a series of small battles you can actually see yourself winning.
Treatobacco.net provides evidence-based data and practical support for the treatment of tobacco dependence. It is aimed at physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, researchers, and policy makers. Treatobacco.net is produced and maintained by the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco in association with the World Bank, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the Cochrane Group, and a panel of international experts.
Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.
The Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. portal provides access to Web-based resources that can assist in: assessing the cancer burden in a given state; identifying potential partner organizations; understanding the current research findings; accessing and downloading evidence-based programs and products; and providing guidelines for planning and evaluation.
Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, 2008 Update: Clinical Practice Guideline
A comprehensive document, this guideline contains evidence-based strategies and recommendations designed to assist clinicians, tobacco dependence treatment specialists, and others in delivering and supporting effective treatments for tobacco use and dependence. For the guideline and tools for intervening with tobacco users, go to:
Help for Smokers and Other Tobacco Users
Available in both English and Spanish, this booklet is a companion of the Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update Clinical Practice Guideline. It is written in an easy-to-understand format and includes educational and motivational messages and resources to help patients/consumers quit smoking. Go to:
- En español
Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians
This Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians presents summary points from the Clinical Practice Guideline, in particular, the guideline strategies for providing appropriate treatments for every patient.
Helping Smokers Quit: A Guide for Clinicians
This pocket guide outlines the 5 A’s (Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange) that clinicians can employ to encourage patients to quit tobacco use.
Quitting Helps You Heal Faster: Your Hospital Visit Is a Great Time to Quit Smoking
This PHS resource, provided by AHRQ, can be shared with your patients during hospital stays to encourage them to stop smoking.
Support and Advice From Your Prenatal Care Provider
Clinicians can use this PHS consumer tear sheet, provided by AHRQ, to help counsel pregnant women about tobacco cessation. It includes information on the benefits of quitting for both the baby and mother, keys for quitting, and a quit plan.
Support and Advice From Your Clinician
Clinicians can use this PHS consumer tear sheet entitled “You Can Quit Smoking,” provided by AHRQ, to help counsel their patients about tobacco cessation. It includes information on the benefits of quitting, keys for quitting, and a quit plan.
North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC)
The North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC) is the only non-profit organization in North America dedicated to advancing the field of quitlines through programs in the areas of research, education, training, policy, and communication. NAQC’s 400 quitline stakeholders—f-funders, service providers, researchers, and national organizations—learn from each other and improve quitline services to decrease the toll of tobacco-related diseases and deaths in North America.
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