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Cigarettes and Addiction: Helping Patients Quit Smoking

by Laura Wilhelm, PhD and Elizabeth Moore, PhD 5 CE Credits

Healthcare providers can play a key role in assisting their patients to quit smoking, a change which can result in dramatic improvements in their health and quality of life. Although the benefits of smoking cessation are well documented, this lifestyle change is often a complex and challenging process. Within this course, the biopsychosocial conceptualization of smoking and cessation are presented and the application of The Stages of Change Model are discussed. Specifically, practical strategies to quickly assess and effectively respond to a patient’s current level of motivation for change are provided. Evidence-based clinical interventions tailored to individualized patient needs, such as cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing techniques, are presented in detail, providing healthcare professionals with a repertoire of assessment and intervention strategies to optimize their patients’ smoking cessation efforts.

Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Understanding Nicotine Dependence
  • Biological, Psychological, and Social Factors Associated with Smoking
  • Why Help Patients Quit Smoking?
  • Assessment and Treatment of Tobacco Use: Basic Guidelines
  • Brief Strategies for Tobacco Users Willing to Quit - More About the Assist Component
  • Brief Strategies for Tobacco Users Less Motivated to Quit
  • Brief Strategies for Preventing Relapse in Former Smokers
  • Specialized Assessment and Intervention Strategies
  • Assessment Considerations
  • Intervention Considerations
  • Conclusion
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Describe the biopsychosocial conceptualization of 4 phases in the quitting process: smoking, cessation, relapse, and maintenance.
  • Identify a patient’s current commitment for smoking cessation using the stage-of-change model.
  • Recognize and assess for at least 4 barriers and facilitators to quitting.
  • Integrate at least 3 strategies from educational approaches, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral techniques to promote smoking cessation in a manner commensurate with patients’ particular needs.