A blueprint for Georgia in ending the tobacco crisis and leading the nation as healthcare pioneers can lead to significant improvements with quit attempts and successful tobacco cessation rates.
Healthcare system professionals and industry partners can make a difference in the lives of Georgia families. As noted in the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, smokers who receive assistance from two or more healthcare professionals (i.e. physician, nurse, physician assistant, pharmacist, dentist), adults who receive assistance are 2.4-2.5 times as likely to quit successfully for 5 or more months.
The success of these concerted efforts among Georgia professionals involve an integration of tobacco intervention efforts into multiple facets of the healthcare delivery system and require teamwork among clinicians, health care systems, insurers and purchasers of health insurance.
The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line serves as a excellent resource for busy health care providers, who can ask patients about their tobacco use status and then link them to free quit line cessation services for professional counseling and further education. It is operated by a national tobacco cessation service vendor under a contract with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).