For Healthcare Professionals

doctorPhysicians, nurses and other health professionals can make a big impact on patients who smoke.

Even brief advice and encouragement from a health professional can help smokers quit successfully.


Training opportunities

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health offers a FREE training for healthcare and social service providers on offering “Brief Interventions To Help Smokers Quit”  For more on upcoming opportunities click here or contact Jarma Frisby, Tobacco Cessation Coordinator, at

Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation

  • Rx for Change is a comprehensive, turn-key, tobacco cessation training program that equips health professional students and licensed clinicians with state-of-the-art knowledge and skills for assisting patients with quitting.   Rx for Change was developed by University of California San Francisco. Teaching strategies are varied and include selected readings, lecture with animated PowerPoint slides, videotape (an introductory segment, trigger tapes, counseling sessions), and role playing with case scenarios. Tailored versions are available for behavioral health providers and mental health peer counselors.
  • Integration of Tobacco Use Treatment into Healthcare is a five-day, highly interactive development course for working healthcare professionals, designed to help providers develop directorship-level skills in tobacco dependence treatment. The course is appropriate for healthcare providers from disciplines with both direct and indirect patient care responsibility. The syllabus is designed to be applicable to the needs of most professionals involved in the treatment of tobacco dependence, including but not limited to:
  • Physicians
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Physician Assistants
  • Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Community Educators
  • Health System Administrators
  • Insurance Industry Executives
  • Public Health Officials


Other Resources

10 Key Guideline Recommendations
Insurance Coverage Resource Sheet for Quit Smoking Services 2 12 15
Pharmacotherapy Table for FDA Approved Medications For Smoking Cessation