Free resources for patients who smoke
Free resources are available to help patients quit smoking on the Tobacco-Free Nurses web site (www.tobaccofreenurses.org), including links to the guidelines, patient education materials, state cessation quit-line numbers, and Internet-based programs. Posters, patient education brochures, and a pocket guide titled "Helping Smokers Quit," which gives nurses evidence-based information to help patients quit smoking, can be downloaded at no charge. (Click on "Resources.")
"Nurses who are interested in smoking cessation themselves can access Quitnet through our web site," adds Mary Ellen Wewers, PhD, MPH, one of the nurse leaders of the program and professor and associate dean for research at the Ohio State University School of Public Health in Columbus.
"ED nurses should ask all patients about smoking status and offer strong personal supportive advice to quit smoking," Wewers urges. "Nurses can also mention that efficacious therapy is available, including pharmacotherapy."