The BIG Hospital SBIRT Initiative

A Learning Collaborative to Expand SBIRT into Hospitals and Other Medical Settings




Treatment of Tobacco Dependence in the Healthcare Setting: Current Best Practices

Produced in partnership with NAADACNational SBIRT ATTC and NORC 

Description: This free webinar addresses how to treat tobacco dependence in the health care setting.  It is based on current PHS clinical practice guideline: ?Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence?.  Within this, an emphasis is placed on how to motivate the smoker not currently ready to make a quit attempt and how to work in partnership with a telephone quit line. Also, additional information is provided about smokers who also have a mental illness and/or other substance use disorder.

Learning Objectives: By participating in this webinar, you will:
  1. Be able to name the three key ingredients of recommended treatment for tobacco dependence
  2. Know two models of delivering that treatment in the healthcare setting: the 5As and the A-A-R model
  3. Know about telephone quit lines and how to work in partnership with them; and
  4. Know at least three special considerations when working with smokers who also have a mental illness and/or other substance use disorders.  


Dr. Bruce Christiansen is a licensed psychologist and joined the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2006 where he is now a Senior Scientist. He served as the project director for the 2008 update to the United States Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence.  He has assisted the Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, within the Division of Public Health, implement its strategic plan to address tobacco disparities since the plan was developed in 2002. For the past six years he has served on the steering committee for the state?s Wisconsin Nicotine Treatment Integration Project which seeks to integrate the treatment of tobacco dependence into the Wisconsin mental health and substance abuse care delivery system. His current research projects address low income smokers seeking services from the Salvation Army and smokers with significant and persistent mental illness receiving care from Community Support Programs. Prior to joining UW-CTRI  worked as the Assistant Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield United of Wisconsin and as a Managing Consultant at APS Healthcare.  In this latter capacity, he directed a staff of analysts dedicated to advising the Wisconsin Medicaid program.

Moderator: Tracy McPherson, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago  

CE Credit and Certificate: CE credit for this webinar has expired and is no longer available.