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Tobacco Cessation Counseling

Published: February 14, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9341

Included in this publication:

  • BOHC Toolkit.pdf
  • Correct Response Guide for Tobacco Cessation Counseling-Assessment Checklist.pdf
  • Speaker's Notes for Tobacco Cessation Counseling Guidelines.pdf
  • Tobacco Cessation Counseling Guidelines.ppt
  • Tobacco Cessation Counseling-Instructor's Guide.pdf
  • Tobacco Cessation Counseling.mp4
  • Tobacco Cessation Counsling-Assessment Checklist.pdf

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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, as well as several types of cancer including mouth and oropharyngeal neoplasms. 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. Clinicians are in the unique position to promote both general and oral health and to help their patients change high-risk behaviors such as smoking, but they do not consistently take advantage of this opportunity. This is in in part because many health care providers feel that they lack the knowledge and expertise to address tobacco intervention with their patients. This resource contains a PowerPoint presentation, instructions, and a 20-minute video on how to administer the five major components of a brief tobacco intervention (i.e., Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange) as specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Public Health Services. Health care providers may review these materials as independent learning, or use them to direct small-group discussions.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Conduct a health history focused on identifying tobacco use as a risk behavior for oral and systemic diseases.
  2. Counsel patients about the adverse effects of tobacco use on oral and systemic health, including gum disease, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and lung diseases.
  3. Effectively use the 5 A’s (i.e., Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange) of smoking cessation counseling developed by the U.S. Public Health Service.

Author Information

  • Joseph D'Ambrosio, DDS, MS: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • Julie Wagner, PhD: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • Miranda Jennings, PhD: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • Carol Pfeiffer, PhD: University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine

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D'Ambrosio J, Wagner J, Jennings M, Pfeiffer C. Tobacco cessation counseling. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9341. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9341

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.