Tobacco Dependence: Foundations for a Public Health Workforce



This course examines evidence about tobacco use and tobacco dependence. Examining research can help public health professionals create programs and activities that produce specific, measurable outcomes.

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain why people who start to use tobacco are ambivalent about quitting.
  • Describe how the cigarette is a drug delivery device.
  • Discuss tobacco dependence as a chronic disease.
  • Recognize tobacco use health disparities.
  • Identify two evidence-based best practices for treating tobacco dependence.
  • Relate the stages of change readiness to smoking cessation.
  • Describe the process of smoking cessation

Core Competencies:

This course addresses the following core competencies for public health professionals:

  • 1A1. Identifies the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness.
  • 1A2. Describes the characteristics of a population-based health problem.
  • 1A5. Identifies sources of public health data and information.
  • 6A3. Relates public health science skills to the Core Public Health Functions and Ten Essential Services of Public Health.

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.

Employed by or in New York State?

If you are employed by NYS or a local health department in NYS, we recommend that you enroll for this course through the NYS Department of Health Learning Management System (DOH LMS).