Course Summary

Practice Level: Intermediate

A tobacco use disorder is diagnosed according to criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) and current research identifies tobacco patterns and severity of use that clinicians can reference when diagnosing and planning treatment. Medication and behavioral-based interventions such as direct provider to patient interaction, group therapy, specialized clinics, self-help interventions using educational resources and telephone resources or counseling are the mainstay of smoking cessation. Risk factors related to tobacco use, smoking cessation options and relapse prevention are discussed.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the diagnosis of Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Discuss the basic principles of smoking cessation
  • Identify the FDA approved medications for smoking cessation

Course Syllabus

1. Introduction

2. Smoking And Tobacco Use In The United States

3. Nicotine

4. Pathophysiology Of Acute Nicotine Addiction

5. The Definition And Diagnosis Of Tobacco Use Disorder

6. Tobacco Withdrawal

7. Smoking Cessation: Basic Principles

8. Risks Of Smoking Cessation

9.Beginning The Process Of Smoking Cessation

10. Aids To Smoking Cessation

11. Pharmacotherapy And Smoking Cessation
A. Bupropion

B. Nicotine Replacement Therapy

C. Varenicline

12. Alternative Therapies For Smoking Cessation
A. Acupuncture

B. Hypnosis

C. E-cigarettes

13. Smoking Cessation: Failure And Success

14. Summary


Dana Bartlett, RN, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Dana Bartlett is a professional nurse and author. His clinical experience includes 16 years of ICU and ER experience and over 20 years of as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, written textbook chapters, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was recently named a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center and is actively involved in lecturing and mentoring nurses, emergency medical residents and pharmacy students.

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