The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all healthcare providers treat tobacco dependence in their practices. An intervention lasting as little as three minutes can have a significant impact on individual treatment outcomes. As a doctor or healthcare professional, your influence can help inspire your patients to quit smoking and live longer, healthier lives.
Through Tobacco Free Florida’s Quit Your Way Program, Florida AHECs offer free, expert-led virtual and in-person group cessation sessions for all Florida residents, regardless of insurance status. The Group Quit program consist of two options: a one-time, 2-hour single session and a 4-week multi-session group that meets once a week for one hour. Both programs offer education on the health effects related to tobacco use, but more importantly, they teach the benefits of quitting and what to expect when quitting. Tobacco Cessation Specialists and trained facilitators guide attendees as they identify their reasons for quitting, barriers and triggers, and learn skills to cope with withdrawal symptoms.
The sessions also cover:
- Nicotine addiction and medications that help
- Planning for the quit date
- Anticipating triggers
- Overcoming cravings
- Relapse prevention
Both groups offer free nicotine replacement therapy (while supplies last), educational materials, supplemental materials for quit day, and follow-up support. We address all forms of tobacco.
You can make a difference. Download the Provider Referral form here, complete it with tobacco dependent patients, and submit it via fax or email to the program of choice.