Case Studies

A Smokeless Tobacco Case Study

Smokeless Tobacco: Challenges of Working with the Teen Population

Each day in the United States, approximately 3,600 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 years initiate cigarette smoking, and an estimated 1,100 young people become daily cigarette smokers. In 2007, 20 percent of high schools students reported current cigarette use and 14 percent reported current cigar use. In addition, 8 percent of high school students and 18 percent of white male high school students reported current smokeless tobacco use.

Jacob is a 16-year-old teenager who is on the baseball team at his local high school. He is particularly proud of earning the position of starting at second base. Jacob is in the clinic for a required physical examination before the official season begins. How would you proceed?


Making Tobacco Dependence Treatment a Standard of Care

A series of case studies on clinics that have implemented the recommendations in the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. Made available by the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health -

Health care professionals across Wisconsin are systematically implementing recommendations from the Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence. They're helping patients lead healthier lives, meeting high-quality standards and saving health care costs.

Rural Clinic Uses Technology to Treat Tobacco Use

Scenic Bluffs Community Health Centers / Cashton, Wisconsin

Health Center Helps American Indians Quit Smoking

Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center / Milwaukee, Wisconsin

UW Health in Appleton Follows Guideline to Help Patients Quit

UW Health Fox Valley / Appleton, Wisconsin

Aspirus Kicks Tobacco Treatment Into High Gear Using EMR

Aspirus Wausau Hospital / Wausau, Wisconsin

When It Comes to Tobacco Treatment, Mile Bluff Soars

Mile Bluff Medical Center / Mauston, Wisconsin

Executive-Level Support a Big Key to Wheaton Franciscan's Tobacco Treatment

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints / Racine, Wisconsin

GHC Offers 8 Tips to Help Patients Quit Tobacco Use

GHC-SCW / Madison, Wisconsin

Gundersen Lutheran Uses System-Wide Standards to Treat Tobacco Dependence

Gundersen Lutheran / La Crosse, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association Takes Systematic Approach to Tobacco Intervention

Tobacco dependence is hard enough to treat when you've got a plethora of resources at your disposal; it can be even more daunting when you don't. But the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA) has a lot of will and, by partnering with the University of Wisconsin and state Department of Health Services (DHS), they've found a way.

Dean Health System Provides Efficient Tobacco Treatment

Just as gunslingers from the Wild West had to be quick on the draw, physicians these days have to provide prompt, comprehensive care to a full slate of patients.

Aurora Health Care's Systematic Program Helps Patients and Staff Quit Tobacco

The patient-smoking rate at Aurora Health Care has dropped from 24 percent in 2000 to 19 percent in 2008. That's a 20 percent decrease due in part to efforts by Aurora to implement a systematic approach to helping patients and employees quit tobacco use.

Holy Family Memorial Health Network Completes a Quit-Tobacco Metamorphosis

Eight years ago, Holy Family Memorial Health Network (HFM) of northeast Wisconsin allowed smoking on its campuses, had about 200 smoking employees and sporadically asked patients about tobacco use.

Wisconsin Hospital Association Helps Hospitals Help Smokers

Steve Brenton, president of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), remembers visiting hospitals in both rural and urban parts of Wisconsin. "You'd see this haze of smoke with a dozen people standing outside and smoking, holding IVs or wearing hospital garb. It was ridiculous."

Tobacco-Free Partnership of Eau Claire County Garners Solidarity to Help Patients Quit Tobacco

If you like stories with happy endings, how about this: Once upon a time, a county tobacco-free coalition persuaded all major local healthcare systems, including smaller clinic partners, to not only go tobacco free but also improve the way they help every patient to quit tobacco use. Not only that, they all did it together.