Nicotine (2017) | Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH

This presentation is part of the Addiction Medicine Review Course 2017, an overview of the core elements of addiction medicine, presented by top experts in the field. Together with the other presentation it can serve as a broad review for clinicians, a review of the basics for newcomers, or a starting point for those preparing to sit for the Board of Addiction Exam.

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

At the end of this presentation learners should be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiology of tobacco Use
  2. List Forms of Tobacco
  3. Understand Nicotine Pharmacology & Principles of Addiction
  4. List Drug Interactions with Smoking
  5. Assist Patients with Quitting
  6. Use aids for Cessation
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Smita Das, MD, PhD, MPH
Dr. Das has over 15 years of experience, starting in the year 2000, with C. Barr Taylor, MD, in studying smoking cessation methods/dissemination for hospital inpatients as well as JCAHO hospital quality measures. Currently Smita's research areas of interest are addiction-behavior, community outreach, hospital quality and development/implementation of behavioral interventions in public health with her mentor since 2013, Judith Prochaska, PhD, MPH. 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. She presents her research at national conferences regularly. Smita has received several prestigious fellowships and awards including the ASAM Young Investigator Award, SAMHSA/APA Substance Abuse Fellowship, Ruth Fox Scholarship, American Society of Addiction Medicine, George Ginsberg MD Fellowship, Association of Women Psychiatrists Leadership Fellowship, APA Resident Recognition Award and American Psychiatric Leadership Fellowship. She was Elected Secretary of the Northern California Psychiatric Society since May 2015 and appointed to 3 year term on APA Addiction Council then as well. She hopes to continue in academic medicine as an addiction psychiatrist and be involved in health services research, policy and advocacy. She is Director of Addiction Treatment Services at the Palo Alto VA.


Dr. Das has no relevant financial relationships

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 edduring internet-based educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA Category 1
  • 1.00 Attendance


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