Addressing and treating tobacco dependence prevents premature death from many chronic conditions including heart disease, stroke and pulmonary diseases, and lowers the risk of certain cancers.
Through our Health Systems for a Tobacco-Free NY grant, funded by the New York State Department of Health Tobacco Control Program, we work with behavioral health and health care systems to improve the reach and delivery of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment throughout the Greater Capital Region. We specifically work with hospitals, community health centers, federally qualified health centers, and mental health and behavioral health service agencies, with a focus on agencies and organizations that serve people with low education, low income or serious mental illness.
We work with organizations to implement the Public Health Service (PHS) Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence as part of their system protocols. These protocols include:
- Patients are screened for tobacco use at every visit
- Patients who use tobacco are advised to quit
- Discussion/counseling/education provided for patients not ready to quit
- Assistance provided for patients ready to quit may include counseling, discussion, prescription for cessation medication, brief counseling, referral to outside services such as NYS Smokers’ Quitline, online programs, self-help or peer support
- Tobacco use follow-up flagged at next patient visit
For more information visit our Healthcare Providers and Mental Health Providers Pages.
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