Thinking about quitting tobacco use can be difficult; even scary. There are a lot of things you can do to increase your chances of success. Getting support, setting a quit date and using nicotine replacement therapy (like the patch, gum or lozenges) can all help!
The Tobacco Free Lake County program offers support for those interested in quitting their tobacco use:
- Make an appointment with our Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS): 847-377-8090, TFLC@lakecountyil.gov
- Individual and group counseling with a CTTS is available free of charge to help adults quit. Participants of cessation programming are eligible to receive low-cost nicotine replacement therapy. Many insurance plans cover the cost of nicotine replacement therapy. Check your plan to see if you qualify.
- Request a quit kit
- Quit kits are available for both teens and adults and include basic information on getting started with the quit process. Adult quit kits are available in both English and Spanish.
- Call the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES and speak to a trained counselor over the phone. The nicotine patch is available to those who qualify. Visit www.quityes.org for more information.
Healthcare Providers can make a difference with even brief interventions (3 minutes or less), and tobacco users who receive advice and/or assistance from their provider are more satisfied with their treatment than those who do not. As a healthcare provider you already have the communication skills you need to treat tobacco-dependent clients. Below are some tips and tools from Tobacco Free Lake County (TFLC) that can assist you in identifying and treating tobacco dependence.
Ask, Advise, Refer
Ask, Advise, Refer
- Ask: Systematically ask every tobacco user about their interest in quitting at every visit. The more frequently the topic of cessation is discussed, the more likely that tobacco user will move forward in the stages of change (PDF).
- Advise: Strongly urge all tobacco users to consider quitting. Make the advice clear, strong and personalized. Ex: "Can I share with you what I know about the effect tobacco use has on your diabetes?" Recommend the use of approved pharmacotherapy (PDF).
- Refer: Directly connect your patient to evidence-based resources for tobacco cessation. Use a fax referral for optimum connection. Local resources include:
The Tobacco Free Lake County program can provide your office &/or healthcare setting with adult and teen quit kits in English and Spanish, trainings on treating tobacco use and dependence, and informational handouts for your clients. Contact our office for more information.