Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for about 1 in 5 deaths – or more than 480,000 people – every year. It’s encouraging that 68% of smokers want to quit smoking and many have tried on their own. However, they often don’t ask their doctor for help because they are too embarrassed or ashamed.1 As a result, the healthcare professional (HCP) must proactively address smoking at every clinic encounter and offer a lending hand to help their patients understand the realities of quitting. Helping smokers to quit is one of the most important steps an HCP can take towards improving their patients’ overall health.
QuitClips assists HCPs in initiating those conversations by delivering medically accurate, engaging smoking cessation “explainer” videos that are easy to digest and share. Created for and by medical professionals, QuitClips addresses topics such as misconceptions of quitting, the neurobiology of the addiction, recommendations for talking to patients, and more. Accompanying each video are references, resources, and explanations (these videos are not intended to be shared with patients), to help HCP’s make the most of their patient interactions.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Smoking and Tobacco Use Fast Facts (Updated 2019)