Smoking Cessation - RT207-60

Smoking Cessation

Developing a Workable Program

by Susanne J. Pavlovich-Danis, MSN, ARNP-C, CDE, CRRN
(4.4 / 205 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Respiratory Therapy (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 46.6 million adults in the U.S. smoke, and 8.6 million of those have a serious illness attributed to their smoking habit. With 443,000 U.S. deaths yearly attributed to smoking, the CDC has identified smoking as the No.1 preventable cause of death. With recent litigation and subsequent media attention on cigarettes and smoking, clinicians find themselves being called upon to offer support and counseling to smokers who are trying to quit.


The goal of this smoking cessation continuing education program is to help nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists in devising a plan to help patients quit smoking. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the stages of readiness that patients exhibit during the process of smoking cessation
  • Describe three smoking cessation approaches or aids healthcare providers can suggest to patients
  • List three contraindications for nicotine gum and patches

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists.
Respiratory therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This program has been approved for 1 contact hour of Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063. AARC Sponsor ID: 9514012. This is a non-traditional course. The course has been approved from 6/3/2009 to 1/1/2014 and 4/13/2015 to 4/13/2017.
If you are a respiratory therapist, remember to give us your AARC member number when filling out your license number information.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Respiratory Care (provider #FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 6/3/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/16/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 4/13/2017

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias. There is no commercial or in-kind support provided for this online educational activity.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module. For successful completion of this course, learners must read the course, and complete a posttest and evaluation survey.

This CE activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The approval status for this educational activity, granted by the AARC, does not expressly or implicitly confer AARC endorsement of the activity’s content.


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Robert R - Peoria, AZ  ·  Feb 18, 2017
helpful information very informative
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Teresa S - Auburndale, FL  ·  Feb 04, 2017
informative and helpful with job
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Lenore N - Holiday, FL  ·  Feb 02, 2017
Well written covering helpful current information providing an avenue of discussion that I can pursue with my patients at the bedside and in the pulmonary function lab.
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Linda H - Greeley, CO  ·  Jan 24, 2017
Great guide to understanding the stages of change, which can be applied for other behaviors like exercise or changing a dietary habit.
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Janice K - Hernando, MS  ·  Jan 23, 2017
good information for me in my respiratory job
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Price: $12.00
CE-PRO Price: $6.00