Be In The Know: A five-part series on Lung Cancer Screening, Tobacco Cessation, and Vaping for Healthcare and Public Health Professionals

In the fall of 2020, ScreenNJ and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey presented a free five-topic online series on lung cancer screening, tobacco cessation, and vaping for healthcare and public health professionals in New Jersey. Each session was designed to help clinicians, tobacco treatment specialists, and other medical, public health, and social service professionals increase their knowledge of evidence-based practices to improve the health of their clients and patients. The sessions were recorded so they can be accessed by professionals whose schedules did not allow them to attend the live events or who wish to review a specific topic again – participant Q&As from each session are included at the end of each recording, and additional resources are also provided at the end of this page.

Session Recordings:

View Session 1: An Overview of Tobacco Treatment

Recorded on September 29 - October 1, 2020 by Heather M. Jordan, MPH, CPH, MCHES
This program provides an overview of tobacco treatment options for professionals supporting smoking intervention and covers the health consequences of smoking, symptoms and treatment options for nicotine addiction, and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for tobacco treatment. Also included are resources for professionals and community members interested in NJ Cessation Services.

View Session 2: Ask, Advise, Refer - A Tobacco Brief Intervention Model

Recorded on October 5 - October 8, 2020 by Aeberli Begasse, BA, TTS
This program covers interventions to improve assessing and addressing the use of any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, explains the clinical impact of identifying tobacco dependence, and discusses relevant evidence-based practice guidelines, such as brief intervention models (“Ask, Assess, Refer”) and the more in-depth 5As (“Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, Arrange”). This program also includes script samples for motivational interviewing and information on smokers’ increased vulnerability to COVID-19 and the adverse effects of tobacco use on patient health.

View Session 3: What You Need To Know - Tobacco Products and Vaping

Recorded on October 12 - October 14, 2020 by Evelyn Fuertes, NDTR, BA
This program discusses and defines the wide variety of tobacco and vaping products, commercialization of common tobacco products, as well as the impact and growing rate of vaping and e-cigarettes, and the generational changes of smoking and tobacco products. The discussion also includes how tobacco products are marketed as appealing (especially to youth audiences) and the ongoing efforts to combat this marketing, and reduce/avoid tobacco adoption in younger generations.

View Session 4: Health Effects of Tobacco Use & Lung Cancer Screening Basics

Recorded on October 19 - October 22, 2020 by Heather M. Jordan, MPH, CPH, MCHES
This program covers the health effects of tobacco use, including an overview of how the human body is affected by smoking and how smoking is related to lung cancer incidence. Also discussed are the benefits of smoking cessation, where to go for support, shared decision making tools, and an introduction to the United States Preventive Service Task Force’s lung cancer screening guidelines.

View Session 5: Tobacco Cessation for the LGBTQ+ Community

Recorded on October 26 - October 29 by Domonique Noel, BS
This program covers best practices when working with the LGBTQ+ community in tobacco cessation services. This includes an overview of LGBTQ+ terminology, smoking rates and behaviors in the community, and ways to create an LGBTQ-affirming culture. The program gives strategies for effectively promoting, facilitating and evaluating LGBTQ+ tobacco cessation services and groups.


Session Resources and Links for More Information:

If you are interested in learning more about these topics or would like to schedule a customized educational program for your staff, partners, or community members, contact ScreenNJ at today!