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Updated California Smokers' Helpline Tobacco Cessation Resources Coming Soon

July 12, 2016

Medi-Cal providers will soon receive new California Smokers' Helpline tobacco cessation postcards for recipients who smoke. Providers should recycle any outdated Medi-Cal Incentives to Quit Smoking (MIQS) postcards that were previously sent to their clinics.

Providers can help smokers quit by:

  • Sharing updated Helpline tobacco cessation postcards with recipients who smoke.
  • Referring smokers to the Helpline for free tobacco cessation counseling through the Refer Patients to the Helpline Web page.
  • Completing a series of brief Provider Training on Tobacco Cessation webinar modules, which are available for free continuing medical education (CME) credits for physicians and continuing education units (CEU) for nurses and respiratory therapists.

For more information, providers may contact Cynthia Vela via email at Cynthia.Vela@dhcs.ca.gov.