Tobacco Control:
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.

Learning Outcome

As a result of this activity the learner will enhance their knowledge and competence in the research on tobacco use and tobacco dependence for the development of programs that deliver 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

Continuing Education Credits

You may receive a certificate of completion by completing an evaluation at the end of the training, but there are no formal continuing education credits available for this training.

  • Training launched: April 1, 2011
  • Training is free and open to the public

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.