Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation | Smita Das, MD, MPH

This lecture reviews:

  1. Epidemiology of Tobacco Use
  2. Forms of Tobacco
  3. Nicotine Pharmacology & Principles of Addiction
  4. Drug Interactions with Smoking
  5. Assisting Patients with Quitting
  6. Aids for Cessation

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PHYSICIANS: The California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM) is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  CSAM takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

CSAM designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program can apply a maximum of 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing the Review Course.

Continuing education credit is also available for nurses, psychologists, pharmacists, physician assistants, therapists, and drug abuse counselors. 

Target Audience

  • Addiction medicine specialists who want an overview of the latest developments in the field and their relevance to clinical practice
  • Primary care clinicians who want to get a better understanding of addiction and manage patients with addictions in their practice
  • Public health officials who want an understanding of the current state of addiction treatment
  • Non-physicians who are involved in the treatment of addiction

Learning Objectives

As a result of participating in this lecture learners should have a working knowledge of the following topics, essential to competency in addiction medicine and identify areas where more study may be needed:

  1. Cite the widespead impact of tobacco use on public health and addiction
  2. Understand the pharmacology of nicotine (receptors, messengers, clinical effect)
  3. Be able to describe neurobiology of nicotine dependence.
  4. Understand the medical risks of various tobacco products, including emerging tobacco products. 
  5. Provide brief skills for clinicians using behavioral techniques for smoking cessation, including the 5 A's and increase knowledge of pharmacologic cessation aids and their use in addiction settings.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Smita Das, MD, MPH
Dr. Das has over 15 years experience studying smoking cessation methods/dissemination for hospital inpatients as well as JCAHO hospital quality measures. Currently Smita's research areas (with her mentor since 2013, Judith Prochaska, PhD, MPH) are addiction-related behavior, community outreach, hospital quality and development/implementation of behavioral interventions in public health  Projects now focus on smoking, e-cigarettes, addiction and mental illness in disadvantaged youth and families. She has published several peer reviewed articles (for example in JAMA Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services and FOCUS Psychiatry) and has authored several book chapters. 

Dr. Das has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance


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