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Calif. health professionals have easy access to smoking cessation referral

January 15, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Healthcare professionals in California now have the ability to refer patients quickly to free and confidential services to assist them with smoking cessation.

Professionals can register online for the web-based referral function operated by the California Smokers' Helpline, a free service established more than 20 years ago by researchers at the University of California San Diego. The helpline offers smoking cessation assistance to Californians in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese.

After obtaining patient consent, healthcare providers in California can now enter a patient's name, contact information and preferred language directly into the helpline's online referral system.

According to a news release from the helpline, a 2008 report from the U.S. Public Health Service stated, “Telephone quitline counseling is effective with diverse populations and has broad reach. Therefore, both clinicians and health care delivery systems should ensure patient access to quitlines and promote quitline use.”

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