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Clinician's Guide to Treating Tobacco Dependence


Organization: American Association for Respiratory Care
Start Date: 12/2014
End Date: Ongoing
Primary Goal: Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
Secondary Goal(s):
  • Goal 3: Collect, analyze, report, and disseminate COPD-related public health data that drive change and track progress.
  • Develop a unified, multidisciplinary educational curriculum for health care professionals, including primary health care providers, using harmonized clinical practice guidelines
  • Develop and encourage the use of a written, patient-centric COPD management plan tool, with appropriate cultural and health literacy considerations, which can be customized with input from the patient's health care provider(s)
Collaboration: We worked alone
Activity Type: Provider education

Activity Description

Respiratory therapists interact with many people in a variety of settings who may also use some sort of tobacco product. While the RT may be comfortable discussing other healthcare topics, the tobacco cessation discussion may be uncomfortable or difficult to initiate. This Clinician’s Guide to Treating Tobacco Dependence provides RTs with the guidance necessary to understand the effects of nicotine, differentiate among tobacco products, discuss the addiction cycle, and initiate the tobacco cessation discussion with patients.

Assmoking/ tobacco consumption is the #1 cause of COPD, it is important for healthcare providers to understand the nuanced approach to educating patients about tobacco cessation.


General Audience: Health professionals
Focused Audience: Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African American/Black, Caucasian/White, Men, Women
Program Reach: National
Type of Area: Urban, Suburban, Rural
Setting: Community, Health care, Home, Workplace, Online

Cost and Funding Sources

Operating Expense: ~ $10,000

Impact Analysis

Downloads and course consumption = > 8,000

Advice or Lessons Learned


Contact Information

Doug Laher
American Association for Respiratory Care
Chief Operating Officer