Nicotine Addiction: From Tobacco to E-Cigarettes

About the Course:
The use of e-cigarettes (also broadly called "electronic nicotine delivery systems" or "electronic smoking devices") is a new tobacco consumption phenomenon in the United States, China, and many other countries. There are numerous economic, social, physiologic, medical, legal, and political issues on the production, marketing, sale, use, and regulation of e-cigarettes. There are also many questions regarding their safety and long-term health effects. For healthcare providers, a basic knowledge of e-cigarettes is needed so that accurate and up-to-date scientific information can be provided to patients. This intermediate-level course begins with a history of tobacco, its availability, and the health effects of tobacco products, then progresses to a detailed discussion on the key aspects of e-cigarettes. The main goal of this course is to provide factual information on tobacco as well as the development, features, use, and positive and negative health effects of e-cigarettes. At the end of this course, clinicians will be able to compare the harms and benefits of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the history of smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco products, including the types, compositions, healthcare costs, and health effects. 
  • Describe the development, component parts, and contents of e-cigarettes. 
  • Explain the sales and marketing strategies of e-cigarette manufacturers in the United States. 
  • Identify research studies from national health organizations on the use and safety of e-cigarettes. 
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of e-cigarette use. 
  • Describe various case examples from federal and state organizations that illustrate the safety, harms, and benefits of e-cigarettes. 
  • Identify federal, state, and local regulations and restrictions of e-cigarette sales, access, and use. 
  • Describe the future of the tobacco industry, including new technologies for e-cigarettes. 
About the Author(s)
David W. Chang, EdD, RRT, CTTS, is a professor of cardio-respiratory care at the University of South Alabama and a certified tobacco treatment specialist. He has served on many committees and in many capacities at the American Association for Respiratory Care, the National Board for Respiratory Care, and the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. Dr. Chang's special interests are in research and mechanical ventilation. In his spare time, Dr. Chang conducts an ongoing smoking cessation program at Victory Health Partners, which is a community health clinic for uninsured adults.
How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
The contributors to this course have no conflicts of interest relative to its content. Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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