Clinical tobacco intervention has been recommended by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care as having A-level evidence and effectiveness as a preventive measure (see The Canadian Guide to Clinical Preventive Health Care). However, the health care system does not yet deliver clinical tobacco intervention systematically. More importantly, tobacco users expect and want health professionals to help them to stop using tobacco.

All health care professionals can play a key role in improving the health care system’s effectiveness in tobacco cessation. Whether in prenatal clinics, hospitals, psychiatric facilities, schools, or ambulatory settings, all health professionals have the opportunity to substantially increase the odds that clients before them, who use tobacco, might not be tobacco users a year later.

Tobacco users look to health care professionals to provide them with help in their tobacco cessation attempts. They have a unique opportunity to provide useful aid, whether through a one-time brief intervention or through continued follow-up.

This course is intended to offer the key elements of clinical tobacco intervention and will be useful to any health care professional regardless of practice setting. There is a “Generalists” module, as well as modules adapted specifically for Dental Hygienists, Dentists, Nurses, Physicians and Radiation Therapists.

Specifically the course will cover:

  • Health consequences of  tobacco use
  • Tobacco dependence and addiction
  • Principles of clinical tobacco intervention
  • The 5 “A’s” of clinical tobacco intervention
  • Tobacco cessation medications
  • Special population considerations

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