For Healthcare Providers

As a medical professional, you can play a key role in fighting tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Kansas. You have seen the drastic effects that smoking can have on your patients’ health. You know the toll secondhand smoke can take on their children and families. And you can be instrumental in preventing children from ever starting. Often all it takes is support and motivation from a trusted source, you.

Why is TFW focusing efforts to reach out to health care providers?

We recognize that health care providers play a crucial role in the prevention and cessation of tobacco use.  Since tobacco use has a tremendous impact on patients’ overall health and their oral health, we plan to reach out to all health care providers in an inclusive way, knowing that each member of the health care team has an impact on their patients’ well-being.

As a health care provider, I have a number of other competing health issues to address with patients. Why does TFW think addressing tobacco use is important?

Tobacco use is still the number one preventable cause of death and disease in Kansas. It is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and other common chronic diseases. While the majority of tobacco users say they want to quit, only 4% to 7% of smokers are successful in quitting each year. Brief advice from you significantly increases the chances that your patient will try to quit and do so successfully. Smokers tell us health care professional advice to quit is an important motivator for attempting to stop smoking. . .and being successful.

What is the purpose of the TFW Medical Advisory Board?

The TFW Medical Advisory Board is integral to the current organizational strategic plan. The goal is to engage health care providers to provide expert review of tobacco control efforts, input in identifying and sharing best practices, and promote awareness of TFW activities to coordinate community interventions. Health care professionals interested in participating should contact Kim Neufeld at kneufeld@kafponline.org

As a health care provider, what resources are available to help me support my patients in quitting?

Talking with your patients about quitting tobacco use has never been easier. A number of referral resources exist to support your work with patients, including the toll-free 1-800-QUIT-NOW quitline and 1-855-DÉJELO-YA for Spanish speakers. See additional resources below:

Kansas Quitline

  • Download more information on the Kansas Tobacco Quitline HERE
  • Download and print a copy of the Kansas Tobacco Quitline fax referral form HERE
  • Order FREE Kansas Quitline and other tobacco cessation information  HERE
  • Need help talking to your patients about their plan to quit? Get tips on using the 5A’s HERE
  • Find Reimbursement codes beyond Meaningful Use HERE