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California Smokers' Helpline: 1-800-NO-BUTTS

FREE Webinar: Smoking, Nicotine, and the Brain

The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Wednesday, September 20th from noon to 1 pm PST, Smoking, Nicotine, and the Brain.

Webinar Overview

Tobacco and related products exert their addictive potential through nicotine. This webinar will review the mechanisms through which these products deliver nicotine and the through which neural pathways nicotine exerts is 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.

Webinar Objectives

By the conclusion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the mechanisms through which nicotine is commonly delivered.
  2. Identify the brain structures upon which nicotine exerts its effects.
  3. Summarize the implications of this neuroscience on clinical and organization smoking cessation efforts.


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

Brian_Hurley.jpgBrian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addition 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. He completed residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, where he was Chief Resident in Addiction Psychiatry.

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