Brian grew up with parents who smoked, so when he took his first puff at age eight he never even considered smoking was something that could harm his health.
As a respiratory therapist, you work with tobacco dependent patients like Brian every day. Every encounter you have with them is an opportunity to educate them about smoking and how it harms their lungs, hearts and blood vessels.
Thanks to the CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers™ campaign, you have a host of free and downloadable resources to get the job done. As a partner in the Tips campaign, the AARC urges all of its members to review the materials that are available and put them to work in their practices.
Order Free QUIT NOW Notepads, Download Tobacco Intervention Cards
1-800-QUIT-NOW Notepads: Use these 20-sheet notepads — which you can order free of charge — to jot down instructions about quitting to give to your patients who smoke. Let them know they can get the free help in English (1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669) or Spanish (1-855-DÉJELO-YA or 1-855-335-3569).
Printable Pocket-Sized Tobacco Intervention Card: For therapists seeking to offer tobacco cessation counseling on the go, this pocket-sized card provides easy referral to two proven methods of brief tobacco intervention. One side features “The 2As & R” method while on the other side you’ll find the “The 5As”.