Social Worker

Smoking Cessation


   Credits
3 CE credit hours training
   Cost
$15.00
   Source
Robert A. Yourell
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Target audience and instructional level of this voice: intermediate

Course Description

This course is for mental health practitioners who wish to apply smoking cessation knowledge in clinical practice. The course describes the health risks of smoking, obstacles to quitting, motivations to quit, methods of quitting, support for quitting, and alternative nicotine products. It will also provide means of supporting family members and others who wish to help an individual stop smoking. Resources for support and further learning are provided.
Overview

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010), smoking is the most common preventable cause of death and disability in the U.S. The report estimates that roughly half of smokers who don't quit will die from smoking-related disease.

Brunnhuber, Cummings, Feit, Sherman, & Woodcock (2007) list strong incentives for quitting: "Soon after you quit, your circulation begins to improve, and your blood pressure starts to return to normal. Your sense of smell and taste return and breathing starts to become easier. In the long term, giving up tobacco can help you live longer. Your risk of getting cancer decreases with each year you stay smoke-free." The authors point out the health hazards of smoking as including, "cardiovascular and respiratory disease, cancer (e.g., lung, larynx, esophagus, mouth, bladder, cervix, pancreas, kidneys), and infant deaths related to maternal smoking. Increasingly, the dan


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