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The Pharmacist's Role in Tobacco Cessation
More than 50 years have passed since the landmark release of the 1964 report of the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee on smoking and health. Since that time, the detrimental effects of tobacco use have become public knowledge. Health care professional involvement is vital to successful smoking cessation and treatment of tobacco use. Pharmacists are accessible in all fields of practice to educate patients on the long-term risks of smoking and to encourage them to avoid tobacco use initially or pursue cessation. Pharmacists are capable of developing cessation plans and providing recommendations for lifestyle changes and pharmacologic therapies.
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The Pharmacist's Role in Tobacco Cessation
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ACPE Universal Program Number: 0207-0000-16-002-H01-P; 0207-0000-16-002-H01-T
Release Date: February 1, 2016
Expiration Date: February 1, 2019
Activity Type: Application-based

Statement of Need
More than 50 years have passed since the landmark release of the 1964 report of the Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on smoking and health. Since that time, the detrimental effects of tobacco use have become public knowledge. Health care professional involvement is vital to successful smoking cessation and treatment of tobacco use. Pharmacists are accessible in all fields of practice to educate patients on the long-term risks of smoking and to encourage them to avoid tobacco use initially or pursue cessation. Pharmacists are capable of developing cessation plans and providing recommendations for lifestyle changes and pharmacologic therapies.

Pharmacists Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this activity, pharmacists should be better able to:

  1. Describe the current status of tobacco use patterns within the United States.
  2. Review the key components and spirit of motivational interviewing techniques.
  3. Demonstrate the assessment techniques involved in tobacco cessation counseling appropriate for each of the stages of change.
  4. Select appropriate pharmacologic tobacco cessation aids based on patient-specific factors.
  5. Apply practical counseling skills through recommendation of lifestyle changes to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Pharmacy Technicians Learning Objectives
Upon successful completion of this activity, pharmacy technicians should be better able to:

  1. Describe the current status of tobacco use patterns within the United States.
  2. Review the key components and spirit of motivational interviewing techniques.
  3. List each of the stages of change and identify pharmacy patients who are likely to be interested in tobacco cessation counseling.

Any medications or treatment methods suggested in this activity should not be used by the practitioner without evaluation of their patient's condition(s) and possible contraindication(s) or danger(s) of use of any specific medication. This article contains a discussion of off-label uses that will be identified as such by the author.

Target Audience
The target audience for this activity is Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians.

Instructions for Participation
To receive a certificate of completion that indicates your eligibility for continuing education credit, you must:

  • Review the content of the activity.
  • Successfully complete the post-test (70% or higher).
  • You will have two (2) opportunities to successfully complete the activity.

Your statement of credit will be issued immediately upon successful completion of the post-test and submission of the evaluation.

Fee
There is no fee for this activity.

Accreditation
Pharmacists
ACPE logoNCPA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity will provide 2.0 contact hours (0.20 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit under the numbers 0207-0000-16-002-H01-P and 0207-0000-16-002-H01-T

 

Faculty
Jamie L. McConaha, PharmD, CGP, TTS, BCACP, CDE, is with the Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy as an assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the division of clinical, social and administrative sciences, and maintains a clinical practice site with the family practice group Preferred Primary Care Physicians in Pittsburgh.

Lauren Elizabeth Wolfe, PharmD, TTS, is currently a PGY-2 ambulatory care resident with Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy, and the family practice group Preferred Primary Care Physicians in Pittsburgh.

Disclosure Declaration
It is the policy of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, scientific rigor, and integrity in all of their continuing education activities.

The authors, sponsor, and publisher of this continuing education activity have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that information contained herein is accurate in accordance with the latest available scientific knowledge at the time of accreditation of this continuing education program. Information regarding drugs (e.g., their administration, dosages, contraindications, adverse reactions, interactions, special warnings, precautions) and drug delivery systems are subject to change, however, and the reader is advised to check the manufacturer's package insert for information concerning recommended dosage and potential problems or cautions prior to dispensing or administering the drug or using the drug delivery systems.

Approval of credit for this continuing education activity does not imply endorsement by NCPA of any product or manufacturer identified.

Any medications or treatment methods suggested in this CE activity should not be used by the practitioner without evaluation of their patient's condition(s) and possible contraindication(s) or danger(s) of use of any specific medication.

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