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Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation was designed to address an identified need to enhance the tobacco cessation education of health professionals. Rx for Change, which draws heavily from the Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, is a comprehensive, turn-key program for training students and licensed clinicians in virtually any health professional field. Our teaching strategies are varied and include selected readings, lecture with animated PowerPoint slides, video (a welcome from the US Surgeon General, an introductory segment, counseling sessions, and trigger tapes), role playing with case scenarios, and standardized patients (with corresponding Objective Structured Clinical Examination tools). All materials have been externally reviewed and are updated continuously to reflect current science for the treatment of tobacco use and dependence.

Currently, we offer the following versions:

Tailored versions are available for:

Structure and components of Rx for Change

Who can use the Rx for Change materials?
Our goal is to improve both the quantity and the quality of tobacco cessation counseling that occurs in clinical practice. Toward this goal, we openly share our materials with others. However, all persons receiving any components of the program must register on this web site, which includes acceptance of our End-User Licensing agreement (EULA) prior to gaining access to the program materials. Rx for Change is a non-profit program and cannot be used, in any venue, for profit. Please refer to the End-User Licensing agreement (EULA) for more information about use of the Rx for Change program materials. If you have questions, please contact us at rxfc@ucsf.edu.

Development and dissemination of our materials over the years has been made possible by the National Cancer Institute, the University of California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, and the Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute. The Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the University of California San Francisco, through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Truth Initiative, has assisted with development of several of the tailored versions as well as ongoing dissemination of the Rx for Change program.