Respiratory Therapy: Nicotine Addiction: From Tobacco to E-Cigarettes

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About Course #V7270

Release Date: April 20, 2017

Expiration Date: April 18, 2021

The use of e-cigarettes (also broadly called "electronic nicotine delivery systems" or "electronic smoking devices") is a new tobacco consumption phenomenon in the United States, China, and many other countries. There are numerous economic, social, physiologic, medical, legal, and political issues on the production, marketing, sale, use, and regulation of e-cigarettes. There are also many questions regarding their safety and long-term health effects. For healthcare providers, a basic knowledge of e-cigarettes is needed so that accurate and up-to-date scientific information can be provided to patients.

This intermediate-level course begins with a history of tobacco, its availability, and the health effects of tobacco products, then progresses to a detailed discussion on the key aspects of e-cigarettes. The main goal of this course is to provide factual information on tobacco as well as the development, features, use, and positive and negative health effects of e-cigarettes. At the end of this course, clinicians will be able to compare the harms and benefits of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes.

Course Objectives

  • Describe the history of smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco products, including the types, compositions, healthcare costs, and health effects.
  • Describe the development, component parts, and contents of e-cigarettes.
  • Explain the sales and marketing strategies of e-cigarette manufacturers in the United States.
  • Identify research studies from national health organizations on the use and safety of e-cigarettes.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of e-cigarette use.
  • Describe various case examples from federal and state organizations that illustrate the safety, harms, and benefits of e-cigarettes.
  • Identify federal, state, and local regulations and restrictions of e-cigarette sales, access, and use.
  • Describe the future of the tobacco industry, including new technologies for e-cigarettes.

About the Author(s)

David W. Chang, EdD, RRT, CTTS, is a professor of cardio-respiratory care at the University of South Alabama and a certified tobacco treatment specialist. He has served on many committees and in many capacities at the American Association for Respiratory Care, the National Board for Respiratory Care, and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Chang's special interests are in research and mechanical ventilation. In his spare time, Dr. Chang conducts an ongoing smoking cessation program at Victory Health Partners, which is a community health clinic for uninsured adults.

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
  • Georgianna Sergakis has disclosed that she receives educational grants from Pfizer, Actelion, Teleflex, and Ikaria to support the CCRC conference, and Independent Grants for Learning and Change (Pfizer) to develop the Clinician Training for Tobacco Dependence with the AARC. She has confirmed that this course is current, evidence-based, and without bias.

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