Pharmacy: Pharmacotherapy to Assist with Smoking Cessation

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About Course #Y8047

Release Date: April 2, 2019

Expiration Date: December 31, 2021

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of premature disease in the United States. This course is intended to educate pharmacists on the health consequences of smoking, the health benefits of quitting, and the medications available to assist with smoking cessation. It is anticipated that after completing this course, pharmacists will be able to help select appropriate first-line pharmacotherapy to assist smokers with their quit attempt, educate smokers on potential adverse effects of these pharmacotherapies, and provide counseling points that include how and when to properly take the medication.

Universal Activity Number (UAN) - 0607-0000-18-047-H04-P

Type of Activity - Knowledge

Topic Designator - 04-General Pharmacy

Course Objectives

  • Describe the epidemiology of tobacco use in the United States.
  • Identify the health consequences of smoking and the health benefits of smoking cessation.
  • Describe the role of nicotine in tobacco dependence.
  • Outline principles of smoking cessation interventions.

About the Author

Michael Kotlyar, PharmD, earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Purdue University. He completed a research fellow­ship jointly sponsored by the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy and Glaxo Wellcome. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. His research has focused on evaluating various aspects of tobacco dependence, including assessing use of medications to assist in the smoking cessation attempt and assessing the role of stress on smoking behavior. He is currently an author on 35 peer-reviewed publications, the majority of which focus on various aspects of smoking behavior.

Course Disclosures

  • 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 this 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.

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