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Each of these organizations has implemented a permanent and standard best-practice protocol for identifying, counseling and referring individuals to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline for coaching support and nicotine replacement therapy.

Hospitals and Clinics Recognized by the Oklahoma Hospital Association for Reducing Tobacco Use in Oklahoma

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Hospitals Helping Patients Quit (HHPQ), an initiative of the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) and program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), recently recognized 21 hospital and clinic partners for achieving notable benchmarks in reducing tobacco use in Oklahoma. Organization leaders were recognized during the OHA Annual Convention on Nov. 13. 

These visionary hospitals and clinics have made a critical commitment to their patients, employees, and communities to reduce Oklahoma’s leading cause of preventable death, tobacco use and related illness. Each of these organizations has implemented a permanent and standard best-practice protocol for identifying, counseling and referring individuals to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline (OTH) for coaching support and nicotine replacement therapy.

The INTEGRIS facilities recognized for reaching notable benchmarks in the number of referrals to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline are: 

Through effective, health care provider-driven tobacco treatment services, HHPQ partner hospitals and clinics have referred more than 40,000 patients to the OTH, resulting in an estimated 28,000 years of life saved and millions of dollars in reduced health care costs as well as personal spending on tobacco products.

The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) supports OHA’s Hospital Helping Patients Quit and the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline. For assistance with tobacco cessation efforts, contact HHPQ@okoha.com or 405-427-9537. For information on the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, http://okhelpline.com.