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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
Although smoking rates in the United States have declined substantially, these rates are still too high and they disproportionately impact many vulnerable populations. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is to summarize the scope of tobacco use, its cost to society, its effects and consequences, and how specific individuals are impacted by the use of cigarettes and other nicotine products. Treatments for tobacco dependence are discussed as well as prevention strategies and research efforts to better understand nicotine addiction.
CE Course Objectives
1. Summarize the scope of tobacco use in the United States and how cigarette, nicotine, and e-cigarette use impacts society.
2. Discuss the addictive properties of nicotine, and how tobacco and tobacco products deliver their effects.
3. Identify the physical health consequences of tobacco use and public health concerns pertaining to secondhand and thirdhand smoke.
4. Describe how vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted by tobacco and nicotine use, as well as trends in the use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
5. Review treatment approaches to support smoking cessation, and outline prevention strategies at the school, community, and regulatory level.
6. Evaluate how research and scientific developments can improve our understanding of nicotine addiction and improve treatment and prevention efforts.
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