Healthcare Systems Can Have a Positive Impact on Tobacco Quit Rates

“Each time a patient who smokes enters your office, you have an opportunity to take an active role in helping him or her quit.” -- Michael Fiore, M.D., MPH, UW-CTRI Director

Medical systems are perfectly poised to create and implement policies that support the treatment of tobacco dependence. By putting evidence-based recommendations and effective interventions into practice, systems can institutionalize the provision of optimal care, ensuring that every patient who wants to quit can. Research indicates healthcare savings pay for these interventions and could even lead to a dramatic cost savings in the long run.