Tobacco Cessation Series

Series Overview

Despite the progress made since the 1964 Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health, tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of mortality in the United States. Many effective and cost-effective treatments for tobacco dependence have been developed, but the majority of smokers attempting to quit do not use any of the available and recommended treatments, setting themselves up for relapse. Health care settings have high potential for helping smokers quit. Research indicates that health care providers believe it is their responsibility to intervene with smokers and patient satisfaction with care is higher if nicotine addiction is addressed during an office visit.

Our Tobacco Cessation Series consists of two courses designed to complement one another. The didactic Tobacco Cessation Course 1 presents two lectures delivered by international experts in evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions who provide a comprehensive overview of the most up-to-date knowledge of the nature of tobacco dependence and effective behavioral and pharmacological treatments. The interactive Tobacco Cessation Course 2 offers behavior-modeling video vignettes, which demonstrate counseling patients with common or special tobacco-related concerns. Next, the learner moves to the virtual office where he or she can make his/her own clinical decisions and practice tobacco counseling with virtual patients. While students can take the courses in either order, it is recommended that they first view the Tobacco Cessation Course 1. The knowledge provided in the didactic Course 1 will facilitate a better understanding of the counseling scenarios presented in the interactive Tobacco Cessation Course 2.



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