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Free Webinar: Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders

Posted by Kristin Harms

Nov 10, 2015 3:09:22 PM

The California Smokers’ Helpline and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are pleased to host this free webinar, How to Talk with Patients About Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders on Wednesday, November 18th from noon to 1pm PST.

Smoking rates among people with substance use disorders are high. Contrary to popular belief, many smokers with substance use disorders want to quit and can quit successfully. The skills gained through quitting smoking can enhance recovery from other substances.

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Target Audience

This course is designed for primary care providers and behavioral health professionals interested in the most current research surrounding smoking cessation and substance use disorders. While anyone can take this course, it is currently available only for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. We are working on expanding continuing education credits for other health professionals for future courses.


At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the evidence regarding tobacco use among patients enrolled in addiction treatment
  • Discuss patient, program, and policy strategies to reduce tobacco use in addiction treatment populations
  • Refer their patients or clients who smoke to the California Smokers’ Helpline for additional help quitting

Presenter List

Joseph Guydish, PhD

Joseph Guydish, PhD, is Professor of Medicine and Health Policy at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. His research concerns access, delivery, and organization of substance abuse treatment services. He has led studies evaluating efforts to improve access to publicly-funded drug abuse treatment, assessing federal policy to end drug addiction and alcoholism as an SSI disability category, and investigating Drug Court and intensive case management interventions for drug-involved offenders. In recent years, his work has focused on tobacco dependence in addictions treatment, because of the high rate of smoking in this population, the known health consequences, and the increasing evidence that quitting smoking in addictions treatment also improves drug abuse outcomes.

Valerie Gruber, PhD

Valerie Gruber, PhD, is Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco. As a licensed psychologist, she has designed, provided, and supervised outpatient addiction treatment integrated within medical and mental health programs serving culturally diverse low-income clients. As a co-investigator in studies led by Dr. Guydish, she has designed and trained staff on leading smoking cessation groups in residential alcohol and drug treatment.

About this Blog

The California Smokers' Helpline offers free, evidence-based tobacco cessation services in multiple languages to help smokers quit. We also offer free training and resources to health professionals to increase their knowledge and capacity for tobacco cessation.

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Contact Us

For more information about our free training and resources for health professionals, please contact the Helpline Communications Department at (858) 300-1010 or cshoutreach@ucsd.edu.

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