The year 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. At the status quo, our nations smoking rate will still be 15% at 2050. Smoking cessation remains A Surgeon General priority. The report specifically sets goals to target Native Americans and other disproportionately affected groups. Native Americans have the highest prevalence of nicotine abuse above all ethnic groups. Smoking remains the #1 preventable cause of disease in the US. It is estimated 67% of smokers would like to quit, 44% will make an attempt this year, but only 5-7 % will be successful without help. Tobacco related illness is costly to the individual, the family, and society. A large percentage of people lack knowledge, skills, and time to provide tobacco interventions. This presentation will provide an overview of the the necessary tools to provide a nonjudgmental brief intervention and refer the tobacco user to receive more intense intervention from a healthcare professional. The presentation will highlight potential dangers associated with electronic cigarette use. We will also overview the development of a tobacco cessation program utilizing internal links and leveraging external links within the community.
Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding the Impact of brief interventions and Motivational Interviewing
  • Establishing internal links & external links within the community
  • Developing of Tobacco Cessation Programs