Tobacco use is one of the most preventable risk factors for life-threatening diseases for both tobacco users and individuals exposed to second-hand smoke.
Baylor Scott & White Health is committed to promoting a culture of health and wellness. We are one of a growing number of healthcare organizations around the country that has adopted a tobacco-free facility and tobacco-free hiring practices in an effort to encourage the well-being of our staff, patients, visitors and communities we serve. We also are committed to providing our patients the resources to help them quit tobacco.
Interested in Quitting?
Here are the steps you can take to start:
Step One: Talk to your Baylor Scott & White Health provider
Contact anyone on your primary care team — whether your rooming nurse during your next appointment, your primary care provider or a specialist — to let them know you are interested in quitting. At that time, they can also address any concerns or questions you may have.
Step Two: Consent to be contacted by the Tobacco Quitline
Baylor Scott & White works closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services Tobacco Quitline to help patients quit tobacco. With your consent, the Baylor Scott & White staff member will then share your information with the Tobacco Quitline. The clinically proven program is free and confidential, helping you focus on your personal reasons for quitting.
Step Three: The Tobacco Quitline will contact you within 48 hours
You can expect to be contacted by the Tobacco Quitline by phone within 48 hours. The Tobacco Quitline representative will reach out to you, and help schedule your initial consultation with a registered substance abuse specialist.
Step Four: Receive personalized support, tools and strategies
You will immediately have access to the online suite of quit services available at yesquit.org. You will also receive a Quit Coach®, who will schedule counseling sessions tailered to you, with a focus on your preparation for the quit attempt and long-term success. After your initial counseling, you can arrange for any nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) over-the-counter medicine that are dispensed at no cost to you by the program. Prescription NRT are not covered by the program and would need to be issued by your physician.