Tobacco Cessation Course 1

Course Overview

Smoking is responsible for 30% of all cancer deaths, and has been linked to more than 10 different types of cancer. 

Overall, cigarette smoking kills more people than alcohol, all other drugs, accidents, fire and AIDS combined, some 3,000-4,000 people each day.

The Tobacco Cessation Course provides the most up-to-date practice advice to assist healthcare providers in educating and counseling patients to quit smoking.  This course is intended for physicians, physician’s assistants, nurses, and other health care professionals as well as students, residents, and fellows.  The course provides an overview of the nature of tobacco dependence and the need for treatment, the biology of nicotine dependence, the effective behavioral treatments for nicotine dependence, the available pharmacologic treatments for tobacco dependence including prescription medications, and the combination of behavioral treatments and medication to enhance treatment outcomes.



Introduction   Top of Page
Presenter: Alexander V. Prokhorov, M.D., Ph.D
Professor, Department of Behavioral Science
Director, Tobacco Outreach Education Program
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Summary: The course is introduced by Dr. Alexander Prokhorov, an internationally renowned expert in tobacco prevention and control research and community outreach. Dr. Prokhorov develops programs aimed at increasing awareness of the tobacco risks among the general public and enhancing smoking cessation counseling skills among health care providers. Over 30 years of his career, he has conducted numerous training events for health care providers in Texas and beyond. The training materials presented here are based on Dr. Prokhorov’s evidence-based CME course for physicians developed within the framework of a research grant he received from the National Cancer Institute.

     Summary and Learning Objectives: Español

Maher Karam-Hage, M.D.
Tobacco Treatment: Current and Future Pharmacological Options   Top of Page
Presenter: Maher Karam-Hage, M.D,
Associate Professor, Addiction Psychiatrist, Behavioral Science and Psychiatry
Associate Medical Director, Tobacco Treatment Program
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Summary: Dr. Karam-Hage provides the presentation on current and future pharmacological options for tobacco treatment. Dr. Karam-Hage practices addiction medicine and treats smokers on a daily basis. He says, “Smoking is just as addictive as cocaine, heroin, and alcohol. It takes less than 11 seconds for nicotine to reach the brain.” In his lecture, “Tobacco Treatment: Current and Future Pharmacological Options,” Dr. Karam-Hage identifies the magnitude of nicotine dependence and the need for treatment, and explains the biology of nicotine dependence. He states that smoking should be considered a chronic relapsing disorder because it can take up to 10 attempts to quit. Dr. Karam-Hage discusses available pharmacological options for tobacco treatment and experimental treatments currently underway in clinical trials.

     Summary and Learning Objectives: Español

Frank Vitale, MA
Behavioral Treatments for Nicotine Dependence   Top of Page
Presenter: Frank Vitale, MA
National Director, Pharmacy Partnership for Tobacco Cessation
University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy

Summary: Mr. Frank Vitale, MA, presents on behavioral treatments for nicotine dependence. Mr. Vitale is a highly experienced tobacco cessation expert who has trained over 12,000 health care providers in the United States and around the globe. Mr. Vitale says, “If you think patients don’t want to hear about quitting, you could be mistaken.” Studies show that minimal interventions by clinicians as short as 3 minutes, increase overall tobacco cessation rates. In his compelling lecture, “Behavioral Treatments for Nicotine Dependence,” Mr. Vitale examines the epidemiology of tobacco use, identifies the barriers to treating tobacco dependence, discusses various effective clinical interventions, and explains different methods for quitting. Mr. Vitale also advises how to effectively counsel patients to enhance their motivation to quit smoking.

     Summary and Learning Objectives: Español


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