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    DSHS Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Section
    1100 West 49th Street, Mail Code 1965
    Austin, TX 78756

    Phone: 512-776-7111
    Fax: (512) 776-7555

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A Clinical Toolkit for Treating Tobacco Dependence

toolkitYES YOU CAN is a clinical toolkit for treating tobacco dependence for teens, pregnant women, and adult populations.

The influence a clinician's advice can have on a patient's tobacco use is enormous. Current data show that in less than three minutes of counseling, a clinician can help double a patient's chance of success.

 One-third of the 3,367,000 adults in Texas who smoke will try to quit this year. Regrettably, only one in 20 will be able to stay tobacco-free. Tobacco claims the lives of approximately 24,200 Texans every year, and every year, about 32,200 young Texans under age 18 become new, daily smokers. Of all Texas youth alive now, nearly 503,000 will ultimately die from tobacco-related diseases.

Adding to this challenge is the $631.7 million spent annually on marketing tobacco in Texas. Research has found that children are three times more sensitive to tobacco industry marketing efforts than adults, and that cigarette marketing carries more influence than peer pressure in underage experimentation with smoking.

As daunting as the task for smoking intervention may seem, current data underscores this fact: the coordinated efforts of health care administrators, insurers, purchasers, and practitioners can boost cessation success.

The tools in this kit are designed to support your clinic's tobacco intervention efforts. They offer flexibility to meet the needs of different office practices and patients. Focus on brevity, as with the "Quick Guides" below, seeks to accommodate the busiest practitioner.

Use only those tools that fit the specific needs of your office, and enlist the support of clinic staff in implementing a system that ensures that, for every patient at every clinic visit, tobacco use is queried and documented. Consistent support of your patient's efforts to stay tobacco-free is the most important factor.

File Download

Individual items found in the toolkit are provided as PDF files below.

Toolkit Files

Patient Brochures

Links to Additional Resources

External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may also not be accessible to people with disabilities.

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Tobacco Cessation Guidelines

Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (pdf 599 kb)

Last updated May 4, 2018