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Tobacco Smoking, E-Cigarettes and Vaping

Stay up to date on the adverse health effects of smoking and vaping tobacco while gaining important guidance on how to counsel patients on the risks and quitting. Earn CME credits while learning at your own pace.

CME 26.25 Credits

In the U.S. alone, more deaths are attributed to cigarette smoking annually than any other preventable cause. By ceasing smoking, individuals reduce their risk of tobacco-related morbidity and mortality and potentially could add up to 10 years to their life expectancy. Many consider electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to be a “safe” alternative, but emerging data suggests that vaping also carries health risks, including increasing patients’ chance of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. Moreover, e-cigarettes—the most commonly used tobacco products among youth—may contain harmful ingredients, and nicotine exposure at any age can lead to addiction and various health risks.

The Tobacco Smoking, E-Cigarettes and Vaping course is one resource to help you address this critical issue with your patients. We know physicians play an important role in making patients aware of the risks and impacts of smoking and vaping tobacco, but it can be difficult to effectively broach the topic to initiate a dialogue. This self-paced CME course—featuring educational activities from trusted content providers including JN Learning™, Stanford Medicine, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine—is designed to help you feel more prepared. Read articles and USPSTF recommendations, listen to podcasts, and review case studies in the following topic areas:

  1. Smoking Cessation and Treatment – Review  the fundamentals of addiction, discover behavioral interventions, and deepen your knowledge of pharmacotherapy for tobacco cessation treatment.
  2. Behavioral Intervention and Pharmacotherapy – Further your ability to encourage smoking cessation through behavioral approaches and pharmacotherapeutic methods.
  3. Vaping and e-Cigarettes – Increase your awareness of the youth vaping epidemic and how this patient population is at increased risk for COVID-19 and lung injury.
  4. Health Risks – Stay up to date on some of the many adverse health effects of smoking and vaping tobacco.
  5. Health Coaching and Motivational Interviewing – Learn to use motivational and health coaching to promote healthy behaviors.

Who is This CME For?

This self-paced CME course is designed for physicians, health care professionals, medical students, residents in training in the general practitioner and family medicine space, as well as anyone who might benefit from learning about the health risks of smoking and vaping tobacco, especially when counseling patients about quitting. 

For more than 175 years, the AMA has played a key role in the development of best practices to tackle emerging health care challenges in the United States. This online course features the latest information from a variety of trusted sources and journals. Accessible on any device and at any time, it includes education in a variety of formats, so that you can listen, watch, read or interact in ways that best suit your needs.

Interested in accreditation details? Find accreditation information for each activity of the Tobacco Smoking, E-Cigarettes and Vaping course at the bottom of the corresponding quiz pages. CME requirements vary by state. Visit our CME by State section to learn more about specific requirements.


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