Services We Provide

Healthcare professionals helping patients quit smoking make the odds of quitting for good much better. Patients in your office offer the chance for engagement and cessation guidance.

If patients want to quit, refer them to the Quitline’s free service and proven resources. Your patients can access free tools, be paired with a personal counselor, received up to six weeks of free NRT patches, and even self-direct a quitting program.

You, as a Quitline referral partner, will receive information through the Quitline’s tracking system about your patients receiving cessation counseling.

To learn more, fill out the Quitline Referral Partner form or call 217-787-5864. Explore free material here and learning resources here.

Treating Special Communities

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT), persons who are homeless, persons with mental illness or substance abuse disorders, and people living with HIV have a higher incidence of smoking compared to the population as a whole.

Adults with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

Adults with mental illness or substance use disorders smoke cigarettes more than adults without these disorders. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) defines mental illness as any diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder and defines substance use disorder as dependence on or abuse of alcohol or illicit drugs.

Approximately 25 percent of adults in the U.S. have some form of mental illness or substance use disorder, and these adults consume almost 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked by adults. More information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Tobacco Use and Homelessness

Smoking disproportionately affects the economically disadvantaged. Between 70 percent and 80 percent of homeless adults in the United States smoke tobacco. More information is available from the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Smoking During Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy can cause infants to be born too small or too early, certain birth defects, and stillbirth. Quitting smoking can be hard, but it is one of the best ways a woman can protect herself and her developing baby. More information.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 30,000 LGBT people die each year of tobacco-related diseases. The LGBT population has among the highest smoking rates of all populations disproportionately affected by tobacco use. To learn more information about LGBT and tobacco use visit the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network or LGBT Healthlink.

People Living With HIV

Smoking is a serious health threat for everyone, but it’s especially dangerous for people living with HIV. Smoking raises the risk for heart disease, cancer, lung diseases and infections such as pneumonia, and other illnesses. People with HIV are more likely to develop these harmful consequences of smoking than those without HIV. More information.

Tobacco-Related Disparities

Making Referrals

Referrals to the Quitline can be by fax, e-fax, or EMR data transfer covered in the provider’s Quitline referral agreement. 

A healthcare provider using fax or e-fax will transmit referral information through the Each new referral partner will get a Tobacco Treatment Enrollment Form with the provider’s logo and identification number scanned electronically by the Quitline to collect data. Those using EMR data transfer will complete and transfer information through the EMR system.

A provider referring a patient to the Quitline must get the signature of the patient or the patient’s representative as authorization for the provider to release information on the enrollment form to the Quitline. We cannot contact a patient without a signature. 

Become a Quitline Referral Partner

In-Office Resources

The Quitline has many Free Material sources to help you advise patients about quitting tobacco. Order material directly to your office or call the Quitline 1-866-784-8937.

Other Resources

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