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E-cigarettes and Your Patients (CDPH series)
No charge for this activity. The activity was designed by the California Department of Public Health for all healthcare professionals.

E-cigarettes and Your Patients

CDPH series

Fee: There is no charge for this activity.

Format: Interactive Articulate Slide presentation
Content reviewed and released: February 2, 2018
Expires: February 2, 2021

Course description/GAP/Need

E-cigarettes are relatively new and no long-term studies of the health effects of using e-cigarettes or secondhand exposure to e-cigarettes have yet been conducted. Healthcare providers may not be aware of the patterns of use of e-cigarettes or of their health risks. They also may not be thinking about e-cigarettes when they take a smoking history.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, health care providers will be able to:
•        Assess whether patients are using e-cigarettes.
•        Describe the health effects of e-cigarettes.
•        Identify groups of patients at particular risk from the adverse health effects of e-cigarettes.
•        Answer challenging questions that patients may ask about e-cigarettes.

Target Audience -
All healthcare professionals.

Course consists of the following elements:

Participation is accomplished through self-directed viewing of the web-based material. CME credit is obtained upon completion of the program content, passing the test with 80% or better and submission of the program evaluation. The test can be taken up to three times. An electronic CME certificate will be available after successfully completing the evaluation. Please be patient while certificate is processing, system will need to refresh your test score and results. This CME course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of University of California, Davis, Health and the California Department of Public Health. The University of California, Davis, Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Physician Credit: The University of California, Davis, Health designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credits acceptable for multidisciplinary team members

Nursing: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.  For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (report hours of credit and fill in "CME Category 1" for the provider number).

Physician Assistant: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) states that AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are acceptable for continuing medical education requirements for recertification.



The author, planning members, and content reviewers have indicated that no relevant financial relationships exist. 

Kathleen Attfield, ScD: CDPH Environmental Health Investigations Branch
Neal Benowitz, MD: University of California, San Francisco 
Jeff Fowles, PhD: CDPH Environmental Health Investigations Branch  
Tina Fung, MPH, CHES: CDPH Tobacco Control Program 
Robert Harrison, MD, MPH: CDPH Occupational Health Branch and University of California, San Francisco
Liz Hendrix, MPP: CDPH Tobacco Control Program
April Roeseler, BSN, MSPH: CDPH Tobacco Control Program  
Elana Silver, MS: Laurelton Research (
Marley Zalay, MPH: CDPH Occupational Health Branch  

Lorene Alba, AE-C, California Department of Public Health
Christina Armatas, MD
Rahmat Balogun, MD
Lee Cantrall, Pharm D, DABAT, FAACT, California Poison Control System


If you have any questions please email or phone (916) 734-5352.

Software Requirements
This course requires a web browser such as Safari (version 6 or later) or Google Chrome (latest version)

Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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