Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Publication ID Published Volume
9341 February 14, 2013 9


Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death. It is also a risk factor for a variety of oral and systemic diseases such as cardiovascular and lung diseases, and several types of cancer, including mouth and oropharyngeal neoplasms. Health care providers, including physicians, nurses, dentists, allied dental health professionals, and pharmacists are in a unique position to promote both general and oral health and to help their patients change high-risk behaviors such as smoking. This 20 minute video is intended for clinicians who are interested in providing effective tobacco cessation counseling to their patients. The majority of individuals who smoke would like to quit, and they are more likely to be successful when motivated and assisted by a health care provider. Unfortunately, clinicians do not consistently take advantage of this opportunity, and many health care providers feel that they lack the knowledge and expertise to address tobacco intervention with their patients. The purpose of this video is to demonstrate effective counseling skills for practitioners interested in assisting their patients with tobacco cessation.


D'Ambrosio J, Wagner J, Jennings M, Pfeiffer C. Tobacco cessation counseling. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2013;9:9341.

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to conduct a health history focused on identifying tobacco use as a risk behavior for oral and systemic diseases.
  2. To be able to counsel patients about the adverse effects of tobacco use on oral and systemic health, including gum disease, cancer, cardiovascular and lung diseases.
  3. To be able to effectively use the 5 A’s of smoking cessation counseling developed by the U.S. Public Health Service.


  • Smoking Cessation, Mouth Neoplasms, Building Oral Health Capacity (BOHC) Collection, Tobacco Use, Public Health Sciences, Population Health

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