Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, and clinicians can have an important impact on their patients’ ability to quit. Despite the direct link between tobacco use and morbidity and mortality, health professional schools have historically failed to integrate tobacco cessation into their curricula. To fill this educational gap, the Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation program was created. The program draws heavily from the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, advocating for the delivery of tailored behavioral counseling interventions in combination with pharmacotherapy. The following programs were designed to help clinicians integrate tobacco cessation into routine patient care activities:

Rx for Change Train-the-Trainer Programs for Faculty

  • 5 A's versionOur 6-hour program (three 2-hr sessions) equips faculty at health professional schools with the necessary knowledge and teaching tools to implement Rx for Change in the classroom.  CE provided for medicine, pharmacy, nursing.
  • Ask-Advise-Refer version:  This tailored, 2.5-hour program provides respiratory care faculty with the necessary knowledge and teaching tools to implement Rx for Change in the classroom for respiratory care students.  CE provided for respiratory therapy.


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The full Rx for Change program can be found at http://rxforchange.ucsf.edu/.

These programs were created in collaboration with the UCSF School of Pharmacy.