Making the Case

It’s important to get buy-in from people at your organization. Here are some things to consider when you think about referring to QUiTWORKS-RI.


  • Smoking makes it harder for patients to heal
  • Smoking can make certain conditions worse and may lead to hospital readmissions that might have been avoided
  • Tobacco use screening or treatment is part of many quality improvement efforts, like  Meaningful Use and the Joint Commission (JCAHO) performance measures.

Physician Offices1

  • You provide accessible and continuous care to your patients. Your long-term relationship with your patients offers clinical opportunities and teachable moments to intervene and follow-up in the course of routine care
  • You are a credible source of health-related information and assistance
  • There is strong evidence from many clinical trials that brief smoking cessation counseling delivered by physicians, dentists, and other clinicians increases smoking cessation rates
  • Tobacco use screening or treatment is part of several quality improvement programs, like Meaningful Use, PCMH, and PQRS.

1Lori Pbert, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts. Clinical Opportunities and Teachable Moments.

Employers and Labor Organizations

The business case:

  • Tobacco cessation services are rated first among 30 recommended clinical preventive services, based on health impact and cost-effectiveness
  • Employers make a big investment in health insurance for their workers, so it makes sense to consider investing in protecting the health of the workforce

What employers can do:

  • Assess the return on investment of purchasing cessation services for your workforce
  • If you have an on-site clinician (e.g. wellness manager, EAP, nurse), consider partnering with QUiTWORKS-RI
  • Distribute information about QUiTWORKS-RI to employees
  • Create an environment that is conducive to quitting and that supports smokers’ quit attempts

Rules and Regulations Pertaining to Smoke-Free Public Places and Workplaces (PDF, 245 KB)