Up in Smoke: Electronic Cigarette Use for Smoking Cessation

New Orleans, LA US
October 24, 2019

It is well known that smoking tobacco cigarettes is the leading preventable cause of mortality in the world. It is estimated that six million deaths occur annually worldwide due to tobacco smoking-related causes. In the USA alone, approximately 34.3 million Americans smoke with nearly 500,000 of them dying each year directly or indirectly due to tobacco smoking. The three major causes of smoking-related mortality are atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Tobacco smokers have decreased life expectancy and are more likely to develop tobacco-related diseases, including coronary heart disease (CHD), cancer, and pulmonary disease. As a result, consumers have turned to electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to help stop smoking. The question remains whether e-cigarettes are safe and/or efficacious to aid in smoking cessation. E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that heat a liquid (e-liquid), which usually contains nicotine, and produces a vapor that the user inhales. In addition to nicotine, e-liquids have flavoring agents which contain diacetyl propionyl, propylene glycol, and aldehydes which are known carcinogens and teratogens. These agents also contribute to pulmonary and systemic inflammatory processes. There is uncertainty about the long-term health effects of vaping e-cigarettes in comparison to tobacco smoking.  There are also public health concerns about the effect of e-cigarettes on smoking prevalence, their potential use by children as a gateway drug, and the safety of the e-cigarette device. This presentation will evaluate primary literature to address the questions and concerns regarding e-cigarette safety, efficacy, and place in therapy for tobacco smoking cessation.

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians

Learning Objectives

Pharmacist learning objectives
  1. Explain the social, financial, and healthcare impact of smoking tobacco
  2. Compare e-cigarettes with other treatment options that are used for smoking cessation
  3. Assess the utility and practicality of using e-cigarettes to abstain from smoking tobacco
  4. Examine the potential safety impact of consumers vaping e-cigarettes
Pharmacy technician learning objectives
  1. Identify the leading cause of preventable mortality in the world
  2. Summarize the dosage form differences between e-cigarettes and other smoking cessation treatment options
  3. Assess the utility and practicality of using e-cigarettes to abstain from smoking tobacco

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 General CEU – Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/24/2019 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
10/24/2019 - 1:00pm CDT
Ochsner Medical Center
1514 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA 70121
United States
Relevant financial relationships: Planning committee members and the speaker have nothing to disclose
Planning committee members
Kyle Barron, PharmD, BCPS
Ochsner Medical Center
Kinsey Kowalski, PharmD
Ochsner Medical Center
Course reviewer
Katrina Harper, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, DPLA
Senior Clinical Manager
Kyle Barron, PharmD, BCPS
Ochsner Medical Center


Joint Accreditation Statement:
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Vizient, Inc. and Ochsner Medical Center.  Vizient, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Designation Statements:
Vizient, Inc. designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 ACPE credit hours.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-19-192-L01-P
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-19-192-L01-T
Vizient, Inc. will award CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this program. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training programs that meet certain criteria (1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacy Technician
  • 1.00 General CEU – Attendance


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