Course Summary

Tobacco use disorder is diagnosed according to criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), which references current evidence identifying tobacco use patterns and severity. The diagnosis of a tobacco use disorder helps to guide the clinical management of smoking cessation, to identify at-risk populations relative to nicotine craving and withdrawal, and to plan interventions for the successful cessation of tobacco use. Medication and behavioral-based interventions such as group therapy, specialized clinics, self-help interventions using educational resources, telephone resources or counseling, and provider-to-patient interaction are the mainstays of smoking cessation therapy. Risk factors related to tobacco use, smoking cessation options, and relapse prevention are discussed.

Course Format


Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Tobacco Use in the United States
  • Nicotine Action on the Brain
    • Pathophysiology of Nicotine Craving
  • Diagnosis and DSM-5 Criteria
    • Tobacco Withdrawal
  • Basic Principles of Smoking Cessation
    • Risks
    • Initiating a Plan
  • Treatment Strategies
    • Behavioral Interventions
    • Pharmacotherapy
    • Bupropion
    • Nicotine Replacement Therapy
    • Varenicline
  • Alternative Therapies and E-Cigarettes
    • Acupuncture and Hypnosis
    • E-cigarettes: Benefits versus Risks
  • Smoking Cessation: Failure and Success
  • Case Study: Smoking Cessation in a Case of Smoking-related Interstitial Lung Disease
  • 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 27 years as a poison control center information specialist. Dana has published numerous CE and journal articles, written NCLEX material, textbook chapters, and more than 100 online CE articles, and done editing and reviewing for publishers such as Elsevier, Lippincott, and Thieme. He has written widely on the subject of toxicology and was a contributing editor, toxicology section, for Critical Care Nurse journal. He is currently employed at the Connecticut Poison Control Center. He lives in Wappingers Falls, NY.

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