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Tobacco Use Disorder and Smoking Cessation

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 2.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 5214 reviews

Course Summary

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.

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Course Syllabus

I.       Introduction
II.       Smoking and Tobacco Use in the United States
III.       Nicotine
IV.       Pathophysiology of Acute Nicotine Craving
1.        Tobacco Use Disorder
V.       Diagnosis of Tobacco Use Disorder
VI.       Tobacco Withdrawal
VII.      Smoking Cessation: Basic Principles
VIII.     Risks of Smoking Cessation
1.        Cough and Mouth Ulcers
2.        Mental Illness
3.        Weight Gain
4.        Cardiovascular Disease
IX.     Beginning the Process of Smoking Cessation
1.        Ask
2.        Advise
3.        Assess
4.        Assist
5.        Arrange
X.      Aids to Smoking Cessation
1.        Behavioral Interventions
XI.      Pharmacotherapy and Smoking Cessation
1.        Bupropion
2.        Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
3.        Varenicline
XII.      Alternative Therapies for Smoking Cessation
1.        Acupuncture
2.        Hypnosis
3.        E-cigarettes
XIII.     Smoking Cessation: Failure and Success
1.        Patient Resources
XIV.     Case Study: Smoking Cessation
XV.      Summary


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