Smoking Cessation: Developing a Workable Program
by Instructor: Timothy O'Shea, PharmD
Credentialed for: Occupational Therapy CEU |


i 1.75 CEH

Course Overview

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly 40 million adults in the U.S. smoke, and 16 million of those adults have a serious illness attributable to their smoking habit. With nearly half a million U.S. deaths yearly attributed to smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, the CDC has identified smoking as the No.1 cause of preventable disease, disability, and death. With recent litigation and subsequent media attention on cigarettes and smoking, clinicians find themselves being called on to offer support and counseling to smokers who are trying to quit.

This course provides an overview of the need for smoking cessation, components of a successful program, the process for working as an interprofessional team, stages of readiness during the smoking cessation process, and how to help patients at each stage, including a discussion on smoking cessation aids and their benefits and risks.

About the Course Author

Timothy O'Shea, MS, PharmD, is a Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He received his PharmD from MCPHS University – Boston and Masters in Health Service Administration from the University of Wyoming.


Timothy O'Shea, PharmD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (8 Match)

  • Commission for Case Manager Certification


    This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide 2.0 hours of nan continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.
  • American Occupational Therapy Association


    Relias Learning is an approved provider of continuing education courses by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. nan.
    This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours.
  • Commission on Dietetic Registration


    Relias LLC is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program, or materials. CDR Credentialed Practitioners will receive 1.5 Continuing Professional Education units (CPEUs) for completion of this activity/material.

    Activity Number: 144572 Learning Need Code(s): 4090, 6010, 6020 CPE Level: Level II

    Dietitians/nutritionists may submit activity evaluations directly to CDR;, or mail to: Commission on Dietetic Registration, Attn: Accredited Provider Unit, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606-6995.

    Critical Thinking Evaluation Tool
  • Florida Board of Occupational Therapy


    This course has been approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy for 1.5 contact hours, approval number 20-723000.
  • Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services (Dietary)


    Approved for 1.5 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-D1058. This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours.
  • Association of Social Work Boards


    Relias, LLC, #1273, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 02/10/2018-02/10/2021. Course Delivery Format: Asynchronous Distance Learning-interaction includes quizzes with questions and answers, post-tests. This module is Reading-Based. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition


    Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition accepts medical errors courses approved by any Board within the Division of Medical Quality Assurance of the Florida Department of Health. Relias Learning, LLC is an approved provider of continuing education in nursing by the Florida Department of Health, Board of Nursing, provider # 50-290. This course is approved for 1.5 contact hours.
  • Alabama State Board of Occupational Therapy


    Alabama State Board Of Occupational Therapy (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
    Occupational Therapists will receive 1.5 contact hours for participating in this course.

Course Details

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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe three smoking cessation approaches or aids that healthcare providers can suggest to patients; Identify healthcare professionals and their roles in smoking cessation; Identify the stages of readiness that patients exhibit during the process of smoking cessation; List three contraindications for nicotine gum and patches
  • Outline:

    First Things First

    Smoking History

    Need for Team-Based Approach

    Tips for Employing and Interdisciplinary Approach

    Precontemplation Stage of Behavior Change

    Contemplation Stage of Behavior Change

    Preparation Stage of Behavior Change

    Self-help approaches

    Group approaches

    Medication Therapy

    Nicotine gum

    Nicotine lozenge

    Nicotine patch

    Nicotine nasal spray

    Nicotine inhaler



    Combination therapy

    Conditioning methods



    Action Stage of Behavior Change

    A Word About Weight Gain

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Dietitians; entry level Occupational Therapists; Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form ( or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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