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  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Kathleen Vendrell Rankin, DDS
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS
  • Brijesh Chandwani, BDS, DMD, FOP
Item#: L0723
Contents: 1 Course Book (56 pages)
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Tobacco Cessation: The Dental Health Professional's Role, Updated 1st Edition

Price $29.95
Item # L0723
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Release Date: January 30, 2013

Revised Date: January 15, 2016

Expiration Date: January 14, 2019

The prevalence of smoking in the United States has hovered at approximately 20% of the population for each of the last five years, but there has been an increase in the use of smokeless tobacco products.  Healthcare professionals must redouble their efforts to intervene with all patients who continue to smoke. This basic-level course provides dental professionals with background and guidelines for tobacco interventions in clinical practice.  The course addresses the prevalence of smoking of combustible tobacco and the use of smokeless tobacco products, the health risks of tobacco use and tobacco exposure, the effects of nicotine on human physiology and their implications for nicotine dependency and withdrawal.  Techniques for tobacco intervention and the pharmacotherapy used in tobacco cessation are described for both the smoking of combustible tobacco and the use of smokeless tobacco.

AGD Subject Code: 158

Western Schools designates this activity for 3 continuing education credits.

Arizona RDH - Fulfills tobacco cessation elective.


Course Objectives

  • Describe the prevalence of smoking in the United States
  • Identify the health risks of smoking
  • Explain the effects of nicotine, including nicotine dependence and withdrawal associated with smoking
  • Outline intervention techniques for combustible tobacco use and dependence
  • Describe the use of pharmacotherapy in smoking cessation
  • Describe the increased use of smokeless tobacco, its risks, interventions, and pharmacotherapy

Kathleen Vendrell Rankin, DDS, received her dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in 1977. She is a professor and associate chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M Health Science Center. Dr. Rankin received her certification as a tobacco treatment specialist from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and is currently a tobacco cessation counselor and director of Baylor Tobacco Treatment Services. She is the author of “Dentist Saves Patient’s Life! Early Oral Cancer Detection and Tobacco Use Cessation,” the American Dental Association’s tobacco cessation module that was presented at 64 U.S. sites. Dr. Rankin served as the ADA reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publication Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: Clinical Practice Guideline. She has published and lectured extensively on tobacco-attributable disease and tobacco cessation and has received long-term grant funding for the dissemination of tobacco cessation education for dental professionals.

Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS, associate professor and director of interprofessional initiatives at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a certificate in dental hygiene from The Ohio State University. She earned her master of science degree in dental hygiene from Old Dominion University. Ms. Fried’s research in tobacco prevention and cessation has focused on the role of the dental hygienist, epidemiologic issues, and genetic influences related to addiction. She has also presented on oral cancer and HPV and published articles on infection control. Ms. Fried has served as a member of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association’s (ADHA) Council on Research, Tobacco Intervention Task Force, and Council on Education. She also sits on the editorial review board of ADHA’s Journal of Dental Hygiene. Ms. Fried is a previous recipient of the Warner Lambert/ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene.

Brijesh Chandwani, BDS, DMD, FOP, received his doctorate of dental medicine from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston, where he also served in a fellowship on orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders. In addition to his private practice focusing on management of temporomandibular joint disorders and sleep apnea, Dr. Chandwani serves as a dental consultant for nine long-term care facilities in the state of Connecticut. Previously, he taught at Tufts University School of Medicine, starting as an instructor before serving as an assistant professor and clinical assistant professor. As an attending dentist in the orofacial pain service at the Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Chandwani was involved in program design, didactic and clinical curriculum, and implementation of training. He is licensed to practice dentistry in several northeastern states. Dr. Chandwani has co-authored studies on the effect of smoking on pain sensitivity in patients with temporomandibular joint disorder and on smoking cessation in the dental setting. 

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content
  • There are no prerequisites for this course