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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.

This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB CE clock hours (Substance Abuse), and NYSED CE credit.


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.