Tobacco Resources

Respiratory therapists should be able to understand tobacco addiction, how to effectively evaluate tobacco use, how to assess readiness to change and how to effectively treat tobacco addiction. Why?

Facts About Tobacco

  • 480,000 people die each year from tobacco-related diseases
  • 3,200 children become regular users of tobacco everyday
  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death
  • Secondhand smoke causes more than 42,000 premature deaths from heart disease in nonsmokers each year
  • Over 23% of our high school students are currently using tobacco products
  • E-cigarette use among high school students tripled between 2011 and 2013
  • Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%

We, as respiratory therapists, must take an active role in reducing this epidemic. We specialize in the treatment of tobacco-related disease, now let us specialize in understanding and treating the cause.

Tobacco Resources

Advocacy and Media

Behavioral Health Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Resources

Education Curricula

Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Resources

Guidelines and Strategies for Tobacco Treatment

Legislative Action

Organizations and Societies Dealing with Tobacco Use

Pharmacotherapy for the Tobacco User


Reimbursement for Tobacco Cessation

Smokeless Tobacco

Smoking Marijuana

Surgeon General’s Reports

Survey Results and Reports

Tobacco Cessation Programs and Services

Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Information

AARC Tobacco Resources webpage updated on September 25, 2020

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