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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.
- 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.
- 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