Tobacco Cessation Drug Therapy and Counseling – 4 Hours



Tobacco use is the most common preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Tobacco harms nearly every organ in the body and causes perinatal risks. Dependence develops due to the addictive content of nicotine, which also increases health risks. Multiple quit attempts over time are often needed to achieve long-term tobacco abstinence. There are effective treatments that support tobacco cessation, including both behavioral therapies and FDA-approved medications. This program teaches practitioners how to implement comprehensive (5’A’s: Ask-Advise-Assess-Assist-Arrange) and brief (Ask-Advise-Refer) tobacco cessation interventions, incorporating behavioral counseling strategies in combination with one or more FDA-approved medications for cessation.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss risks associated with tobacco use, including, but not limited to, lung cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory disease, surgical complications, perinatal harm, and mortality.
  • Explain tobacco dependence, including the factors that influence and increase the risk for dependence.
  • Highlight the impact of nicotine withdrawal on tobacco dependence.
  • Note challenges associated with mental health conditions in tobacco dependence.
  • Relay the impact of e-cigarettes on youth.
  • Outline the advantages and disadvantages of tobacco harm reduction.
  • List goals of tobacco cessation.
  • Evaluate tobacco use and level of dependence.
  • Give prominence to the benefits of tobacco cessation.
  • Detail behavioral support for tobacco cessation.
  • State the pros and cons of the various medications for tobacco cessation.
  • Distinguish over-the-counter and prescription options for tobacco cessation.
  • Provide dosing and instructions for nicotine replacement therapy agents.
  • Review non-pharmacological strategies for tobacco cessation.
  • Identify various other strategies for tobacco cessation, such as weaning, preloading pharmacotherapy, combining pharmacotherapy, and referral to specialists.
  • Emphasize the efficacy of combining behavioral support with pharmacotherapy for tobacco cessation.
  • Given a patient’s case, propose a treatment plan and timeline for tobacco smoking cessation that includes behavioral interventions, nicotine replacement therapy, and a follow-up plan.
  • Describe the chronic nature of tobacco cessation, including potential challenges.
  • Utilize different methods for managing lapses and relapses and encourage patients along the continuum of tobacco cessation.
  • Address comprehensive care needs for patients who use or have a history of tobacco use.
  • Identify areas of practice that would benefit from implementing tobacco cessation programs.

Contact Hours: 4 Hours 

Course Fee: $20 / Participant 

Author: Jennifer Kim, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP, BC-ADM

Target Audience: Nursing Healthcare Professionals 

Instructional Methods:  Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test). A minimum passing score of 70% is required to complete the course. A printable certificate will be emailed in PDF format.

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