Welcome to Helping Smokers Quit!
Thanks for participating in this important initiative. Nurses can play a pivotal role in addressing the primary cause of death and disease in the United States: tobacco use. Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and illness in the US, causing over 400,000 deaths every year and costing trillions of dollars in healthcare costs and loss of life. You are part of a national effort to improve quality of care and the health of your patients by learning more about how to help smokers quit.
We are inviting nurses from 10 hospitals in California, Indiana and West Virginia, to participate in this project and to receive free training and resources in tobacco cessation. Choose your state below and get started!
The Helping Smokers Quit (HSQ) project is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Your hospital is one of 30 hospitals in the country participating in this project.
The HSQ is an innovative distance-learning program to assist nurses to help their patients stop smoking based upon the U.S. Public Health Service’s Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, Clinical Practice Guideline (Guideline) . Despite its availability, the Guideline is underutilized by healthcare professionals. As the largest group of healthcare providers, effectively trained nurses can be invaluable in helping patients stop smoking. Additionally, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations rates hospitals based upon their performance in smoking cessation interventions for patients with heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia.
An important component of the HSQ project is to provide resources and information through the Web. A detailed description of what you can find on the HSQ web pages can be found by here (PDF). If you have any questions, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions section, or contact us directly
or by phone at 1-877-203-4144.
The project is based at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Nursing.
Please meet the team who is coordinating the HSQ Project:
- Linda Sarna, RN, DNSc, FAAN, Principal Investigator
- Michael Ong, MD. Co-Investigator
- Patricia Parkerton, MPH, PhD, Co-Investigator
- Marjorie Wells, RN, PhD, FNP, Project Director
- Lisa Wei Chang, MPH, Project Assistant
- Ms. Jenny Kotlerman, MS, Principal Statistician
- Stella Aguinaga Bialous, RN, MScN, DrPH, FAAN, Consultant