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Introduction to Tobacco Cessation

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. The Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation 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.

  • 5 A's: (150 minutes)  This program teaches clinicians how to implement comprehensive (5 A's) and brief (Ask-Advise-Refer) tobacco cessation interventions, incorporating behavioral counseling strategies in combination with one or more FDA-approved medications for cessation.  CE provided for medicine, pharmacy, and nursing.

Rx for Change Logo   Rx for Change Train-the-Trainer Programs for Faculty    

Currently, two versions of our train-the-trainer program are available for faculty at health professional schools.  Both equip faculty with the necessary knowledge and teaching tools to implement Rx for Change.

  • Rx for Change Train-the-Trainer: A 6-hour program (three 2-hour sessions) addressing the 5 A's, Ask-Advise-Refer, and medications for cessation.  Appropriate for clinicians who can make recommendations regarding drug therapy.  CE provided for medicine, nursing, and pharmacy.
  • Rx for Change Train-the-Trainer for Respiratory Therapy: A 2.5-hour program addressing brief interventions (Ask-Advise-Refer) and medications for cessation.  CE provided for respiratory therapy.


  Rx for Change: Promoting the USPHS Mission Through Tobacco Cessation: The purpose of this program is to engage all Commissioned Officers of the US Public Health Service and the general public in the fight against tobacco. This 1-hr program provides participants with evidence-based tools and strategies necessary to apply brief tobacco cessation interventions with individuals who smoke. CE credit is not provided for this program.


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.

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