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Integrating Tobacco Cessation Support Resources to Improve Patient Access

Texas Oral Health Coalition

Presented by Ashley LeMaistre, MPH

Patients are 66% more likely to successfully quit tobacco when healthcare providers actively intervene to connect them with FREE services. The UT Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team provides support to healthcare systems for the implementation of tobacco cessation support strategies, by referring patients who use tobacco and wish to quit, to the Texas Quitline. Referrals can be made by fax, app or through the electronic medical record using the eTobacco Protocol (electronic tobacco cessation referral protocol). When a patient is referred to the Quitline by a healthcare professional, the patient can receive up to 5 counseling sessions and approximately 2 weeks of nicotine replacement therapy if they are 18 or older. Services are confidential, HIPAA-compliant and free. Our team can provide assistance to healthcare systems, including clinics and health departments with an EMR/EHR, to help them explore and leverage any referral method that is appropriate for them, and especially for the eTobacco Protocol.

Learning Objectives:
  1.  Attendees will be able to describe the Ask Advise-Refer workflow.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify benefits of integrating the eTobacco protocol into an electronic medical record.
  3. Attendees will be able to summarize the process of utilizing the Quitline app.


Ashley LeMaistreAshley is a Senior Outreach Program Coordinator for the Tobacco Research & Evaluation Team with the University of Texas at Austin, Kinesiology and Health Education Department. She works with healthcare systems across Texas to help integrate the electronic tobacco cessation referral tool (eTobacco protocol) into electronic medical records/electronic health records and connects them with the Texas Quitline. She also works on the Texas College Tobacco initiative, working with community/junior colleges and trade schools to incorporate Peers Against Tobacco programming on their campus. Ashley received her MPH from Texas A&M University, where she also worked on the Texas Youth Tobacco Awareness Program (TYTAP). She has extensive experience in tobacco policy work and chronic disease media campaigns at the local public health level. She has presented at numerous conferences and on several webinars regarding tobacco and co-authored several publications regarding tobacco prevalence and cessation.

Presenter Contact Information:
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Financial Disclosure

Ashley LeMaistre, MPH disclosed that they have grant funding from the Texas Department of State Health Services to work with healthcare entities to integrate the eTobacco protocol with a direct referral to the State’s Texas Quitline. All services are free to patients, and our team’s technical assistance is also at no cost.

Credit hours: 1.0 CEU 

Teaching Method: Self-Instructional (recorded live webinar lecture)

Cost: Free
Edification and continuing dental education is complimentary to all attendees.

AGD Subject Code:158 – Tobacco Cessation

Date of Original Presentation: February 9, 2024
Date Released: February 28, 2024
Date of Expiration: March 1, 2025

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Tobacco Cessation Resources

Presenter Slides

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Additional resources on tobacco use and quitting may be found on the TxOHC Drug and Tobacco Use Resource Page.

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