Counsel to Quit®

In just 3 minutes, a health care provider can influence a smoker’s quit success. Your advice matters!

Counsel to Quit® is Respiratory Health Association’s 60- or 90-minute training program designed to help health care professionals advise their patients to quit smoking. Research shows that just 3-10 minutes of counseling from a health care provider can increase the likelihood of an individual’s success in quitting smoking by 60%.

RHA’s Counsel to Quit® trainings provide health care professionals with an evidence-based brief clinical intervention for smoking cessation. Training participants receive information and skills to appropriately screen patients for tobacco use, strategies to advise cessation, and opportunities to connect to local cessation referral options.

Training participants learn to:

  • Explain their clinical role in tobacco dependence treatment
  • Describe and deliver brief interventions to assist tobacco users in quitting according to the Ask, Advise, Refer model
  • Refer patients to local cessation resources and the Illinois Tobacco Quitline
  • List effective tobacco cessation medications



Respiratory Care Practitioners – Continuing Education Hours
Respiratory Health Association is an approved continuing education sponsor recognized by the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. 1.0 continuing education hour of credit will be awarded upon completion of the training.

Nurses – Contact Hours
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91). 1.0 continuing education hour of credit will be awarded upon completion of the training.

IAODAPCA – Continuing Education Hours
This continuing education program has been reviewed and approved by the Illinois Certification Board. 1.0 continuing education unit will be awarded upon completion of the training to the following categories: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, CODP I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS II, CVSS II, CPRS I or II, MAATP I or II, CFPP II, NCRS II.

For more information about bringing Counsel to Quit® to your organization, contact Rachael Morkunas at