Tobacco Cessation

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Nurses are vital to the provision of quality healthcare. Every day, patient by patient, you contribute to the health and wellbeing of families, communities and the nation by providing care and education to those who need it.

As the most trusted health care leader, your actions and voice are powerful-you influence public health and well-being. Nurses are strong role models, educators, and advocates. Yet nursing can be as challenging as it is rewarding. As a result, it can be difficult to always remember to role model health-promoting behaviors. If you are a nurse who smokes cigarettes or uses other tobacco products and would like to stop, the time is now! In all likelihood you have tried to quit before – or at least contemplated it. If so, you understand how hard it is to quit. The American Lung Association reports that it may take several attempts to successfully quit smoking. As a health care professional, you most likely know that quitting tobacco use is the most important action you can do for your health and that of your loved ones.

As part of ANA's HealthyNurse™ initiative, we have compiled useful resources to help you quit using tobacco as well as information on how to help your patients quit as well.

  • Getting Started

  • Acquiring Better Habits

  • Overcoming Addiction

  • Getting Support

  • Resources

  • Assisting Patients to Quit