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Clinician-assisted tobacco cessation

Welcome to Rx for Change!

Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation is a comprehensive tobacco cessation training program that equips health professional students and practicing clinicians, of all disciplines, with evidence-based knowledge and skills for assisting patients with quitting. Our program draws heavily from the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, in that it advocates delivery of tailored behavioral counseling interventions in conjunction with pharmacotherapy. We address all forms of tobacco, not just cigarettes, and our materials focus on counseling all patients—regardless of their readiness to quit. All materials have undergone extensive external review by key experts in the field.

Learn more about the Rx for Change program. We have seven available versions:

  1. the 5 A's (comprehensive counseling)
  2. Ask-Advise-Refer (brief counseling)
  3. Psychiatry
  4. Cancer Care Providers
  5. Cardiology Providers
  6. Mental Health Peer Counselors
  7. Surgical Providers

In addition, we offer a Spanish language version.

UCSF openly shares the Rx for Change materials with others at no cost; however, all persons who receive any component of the Rx for Change program must complete an online registration process, which includes acceptance of our End-User Licensing Agreement. Rx for Change can be used only for non-commercial teaching and research purposes and cannot be used for profit.