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New Provider Toolkit: Smoking, Nicotine, and the Brain

Posted by Kristin Harms

Sep 29, 2017 2:58:45 PM

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to provide this free Provider Toolkit on Smoking, Nicotine, and the Brain.


Brain-Image.jpgTobacco and related products exert their addictive potential through nicotine. This webinar will review the mechanisms through which these products deliver nicotine and through which neural pathways nicotine exerts its effects on the brain.

The implications of neuroscience on both the health of active tobacco product users and on tobacco product use cessation treatment strategies will be discussed.

The webinar will conclude with a discussion on the clinical and organizational implications associated with implementing smoking cessations strategies, in light of the research on nicotine and the brain.

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Toolkit Contents

TYP-Toolkit-Image-Smoking-Nicotine-and-the-Brain_600x275.jpgOur free Toolkit includes:

  • Webinar recording and slide deck
  • Handouts:
    • What's in Cigarette Smoke?
    • Top 10 Tips to Quit Smoking
    • Quit Aids: Tools to Quit Smoking


Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM
Assistant Professor of Addiction Medicine
UCLA Department of Family Medicine

Brian_Hurley.jpgBrian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addiction psychiatrist and the Medical Director for Substance Use Related Care Integration at the Los Angeles County Health Agency. Brian is currently the Treasurer of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and gives presentations around the world related to addiction medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine.

He serves on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s Addiction Psychiatry examination writing committee. Brian completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and was previously a UCLA - Veterans Administration National Quality Scholar at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He completed a fellowship program in addiction psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Brian completed residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in Addiction Psychiatry.


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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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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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