For Health care Providers

Health care professionals who help their patients quit smoking greatly increase the likelihood they’ll achieve long-term success. When patients visit, they’re presented with an opportunity for interventions and cessation guidance.

If your patients want to quit, refer them to the Florida Department of Health’s free and evidence-based resources. With Tobacco Free Florida’s expanded Quit Your Way program, your patients can access free tools, including a 2-Week Starter Kit of nicotine replacement patches, Text2Quit, Email Tips and a Quit Guide. They can choose as many as they need or use them in addition to Phone, Group and Web Quit services, which have already helped more than 159,000 Floridians successfully quit.

In-Office Resources

Tobacco Free Florida has a variety of materials to help you advise your patients about quitting tobacco. Simply click below for more information and to order. Specialty provider materials are also available upon request. Please email media@tobaccofreeflorida.com for more information.

Online Order Form

Provider Fax Referral Form

Download the Provider Fax Referral Form for patients who are ready to quit within the next 30 days and fax it to 1-866-688-7577.

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Quit Tobacco Today Brochure

Provide your patients with a brochure featuring quit tips and information about Tobacco Free Florida’s free tools and services.

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Benefits of Quitting Poster

Show your patients the short-term and long-term health benefits of quitting smoking with this poster for the waiting room or exam room.

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Quit Tips Brochure

Help your patients quit and overcome nicotine withdrawal by providing them with resources, tools and tips found in this brochure.

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Nicotine Replacement Therapy

There are nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), pharmaceuticals and other quit therapies that can help smokers deal with cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Using these products can double to triple a smoker’s chances of successfully quitting. Our Quit Your Way program offers free NRT to Floridians, like the nicotine patch and nicotine gum, if medically appropriate and 18 years of age or older.

If you provide a prescription, those patients can still tap into our free tools and services for additional help.

 

Over-the-Counter Nicotine Replacement Therapy:

Nicotine Patches Placed on the skin, they give users a small and steady amount of nicotine.
Nicotine Gum Chewed until it produces a tingling feeling, then placed between the cheek and gums to release nicotine.
Nicotine Lozenges Look like hard candies that release nicotine as they slowly dissolve in your mouth.

 

Prescription-Only Nicotine Replacement Therapy:

Nicotine Inhaler A cartridge attached to a mouthpiece. Inhaling through the mouthpiece gives the user a specific amount of nicotine.
Nicotine Nasal Spray A pump bottle containing nicotine, which is placed into the nose and sprayed.

 

Other Prescription Medications:

Bupropion Bupropion, also known as Zyban®, helps to reduce nicotine withdrawal and the urge to smoke. Bupropion can be used safely with NRT.
Varenicline Varenicline, also known as Chantix®, helps to reduce nicotine withdrawal and the urge to smoke. It also blocks the effects of nicotine from cigarettes if the user starts smoking again.

 

All of these medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FDA approved means the product is proven safe and is proven to work. Always read the label and instructions. Only use as directed. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.

Refer Your Patients

Quitting smoking is hard, but having help can make it easier. A number of referral resources exist in Florida to support you and your patients, including:

  • For patients who are ready to quit within the next 30 days download the following form in English and in Spanish and fax it to 1-866-688-7577. Once they are in the system, we can follow up with them – and you – and together we can help them overcome their nicotine addiction.
  • Share Tobacco Free Florida’s website and phone number with your patient: tobaccofreeflorida.com and 1-877-U-CAN-NOW (1-877-822-6669).
  • Provide them with a Quit Tobacco Today brochure in English and in Spanish