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How to Talk with Patients about Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders

The California Smokers’ Helpline is pleased to offer this free course, How to Talk with Patients About Smoking Cessation and Substance Use Disorders.

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.


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

  • Discuss the evidence regarding tobacco use among patients enrolled in addiction treatment
  • Describe a national study of tobacco use among patients enrolled in addiction treatment, together with other community-based research projects
  • Discuss patient, program, and policy strategies to reduce tobacco use in addiction treatment populations


Joseph Guydish

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

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.

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