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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
The epidemic of smoking-caused disease continues to be one of the greatest public health concerns in the United States. This intermediate level continuing education course provides a brief overview of the 2014 Surgeon’s General’s Report, The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, which describes the national vision for moving forward to end the tobacco epidemic once and for all. The report gives a historical perspective and overview, describes health consequences of active and passive smoking, and identifies economic costs, current trends, and interventions. Practical actions to reduce the smoking rate among youth and adults in order to avert smoking-related disease and death are also discussed.
CE Course Objectives
1. Outline the adverse health consequences of active and passive smoking, including what has been learned since the initial 1964 Surgeon General’s Report.
2. Discuss how specific biological processes are impacted by nicotine use and exposure.
3. Identify how smoking is linked to specific types of cancer and to adverse health conditions in cancer patients and survivors, as well as to respiratory, cardiovascular, and other diseases.
4. Evaluate the causal relationship between smoking and overall general morbidity and all-cause mortality.
5. Describe economic costs of the smoking epidemic, trends in tobacco use and control, and the status of interventions and programs that address the epidemic.
6. Review the implementation of specific steps and strategies to work toward a future that is free of death and disease caused by tobacco use.
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