Quitting smoking can be tough but is the most important step a smoker can take to improve the quality of his/her health. Don’t struggle alone, reach out to your health provider or seek assistance through one of the many resources here in Louisiana:
LSU Tobacco Control Initiative Tobacco Control Initiative (TCI) is the public, private, academic partnership between LSUHSC School of Public Health, the LSU Health Care Services Division (HCSD) and LSUHSC Shreveport (LSU-S) hospital systems, and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living (TFL). TCI seeks to integrate cessation services into existing healthcare delivery systems. The Initiative’s goal is to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among public hospital patients. To achieve this goal, TCI strives to identify all tobacco users, identify evidence-based treatment options that are appropriate for and acceptable to patients, and to provide cost-effective treatment options to patients, when possible.
LSU healthcare providers can refer patients for treatment using the TCI Outpatient Tobacco Cessation Referral form. Referred patients who are ready to quit within 30 days will be contacted and offered cessation treatment options, including behavioral counseling, social support and pharmacotherapy. Additionally, designated TCI staff at each hospital conducts individual bedside consults with identified in-patient tobacco users. TCI is a standard of care service available to all patients, hospital employees, and the communities they serve.