Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch

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The Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch training is based on the CDC’s Ask–Advise–Refer model and utilizes updated tools and strategies for conducting an effective brief tobacco intervention with patients identified as tobacco users, including e-cigarettes. This one-hour, on-demand online course seeks to target healthcare professionals who may have direct patient contact and may initiate a brief tobacco intervention.

The American Lung Association believes everyone who uses tobacco products can quit. Using FDA-approved quit smoking medications such as nicotine gum, patches, nasal spray, inhaler and lozenges and non-nicotine medications varenicline (Chantix®) and buproprion (Zyban®) are proven safe and effective to help relieve physical symptoms. Additionally, cessation counseling supports the behavioral change necessary for long-term recovery. Healthcare provider use of referral mechanisms like Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch are a key strategy for improving the impact of tobacco treatment.