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?

  • 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 is the third leading cause of preventable death
  • Secondhand smoke causes more than 42,000 premature deaths in nonsmokers each year
  • Over 23% of our high school students are currently using tobacco products

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.

Advocacy and Media

  1. AARC Letters of Support
    1. AARC Urges Support for Tobacco Control Legislation
    2. Smoking Cessation Resource Document
  2. Public Health Advocacy Institute
  3. Americans for Non-Smoker’s Rights
  4. American Legacy Foundation: Truth Campaign
  5. Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  7. Latest Top Tobacco Headlines
  8. List of Magazines who Refuse to Advertise Tobacco Products
  9. PICS, Inc
  10. Smoking in the Movies
  11. Smoke-Free Grounds
  12. Smoke-Free Hospital Toolkit
  13. Stan Glantz e-mail (no web site)
  14. They’re Rich, You’re Dead
  15. TIPS Campaign
  16. Tobacco Survivors
  17. WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control

Articles of Interest

  1. Childhood Exposure to Smoke May Increase Risk of Back Pain Later
  2. E-cigarette Sparks Attention as FDA Crackdown Looms
  3. Economic Burden of Environmental Tobacco Smoke..
  4. NHLBI Study Shows Smoking Cessation Programs Improve Survival
  5. Nicotine is a Neurotoxin
  6. Secondhand Smoke: Evidence Proves Ill Effects
  7. Smoking-cessation programs—Does the 5A program work?
  8. Smoking Interferes with Asthma Drug
  9. UK Universities Agree Protocol for Tobacco Company Funding
  10. What is the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

CDC Resources

  1. Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs
  2. State System
  3. Global Tobacco Surveillance System

Education Curricula

  1. AARC Clinician’s Guide for Treating Tobacco Dependence (3 CRCE available)
  2. The Anatomy of a Cigarette
  3. Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Available (ATTUD website)
  4. Rx for Change
  5. They’re Rich, You’re Dead
  6. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Guidelines (202kb PowerPoint file)

Electronic Cigarettes (e-cig)

  1. AARC position statement on electronic cigarettes


  1. Core Competencies for Tobacco Treatment Specialist
  2. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence Guidelines (2008)
  3. Healthy People 2020: Tobacco Use

History of Tobacco

  1. The History of World Tobacco
  2. Tobacco Ads from the 40’s & 50’s
  3. Tobacco Timeline
  4. Tobacco War: Inside the California Battles


  1. Smoke in the Eye

Legislative Action

  1. Master Settlement Agreement (46 state agreement)
    1. Participating Manufacturers under settlement
  2. Mississippi Tobacco Settlement Agreement
  3. Texas Tobacco Settlement In Brief
  4. Summary of Attorneys General Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement
  5. The Master Settlement Agreement with the Tobacco Industry and Cigarette Advertising in Magazines

Organizations and Societies Dealing with Tobacco Use

  1. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
  2. American Cancer Society (ACS)
  3. American Heart Association (AHA)
  4. American Legacy Foundation
  5. American Lung Association (ALA)
  6. Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD)
  7. Center for Disease Control (CDC) Tobacco Control and Use
  8. Globallink
  9. Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ)
  10. Smoke Free Government
  11. Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (UCSF)
  12. Society for Nicotine Treatment (SRNT)
  13. Tar Wars
  14. Tobacco and the Elderly
  15. Tobacco Freedom
  16. Tobacco Free Initiative
  17. Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC)

Pharmacotherapy for the Tobacco User

  1. FDA—Boxed Warning on Serious Mental Health Events to be Required for Chantix and Zyban (updated July 2009)
  2. Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Smoking Cessation Cochrane Review (2008)
  3. Pharmacotherapy Comparison Table
  4. Pharmacotherapy Treatment Options at a Glance
  5. Prescription Guidelines from The American Academy of Family Practice

Here you can view Microsoft PowerPoint® presentations dealing with smoking and tobacco-related issues:

  1. Best Practices (44 KB PowerPoint file)
  2. PowerPoint Presentations on Smoke-Free Environments
  3. Presentations from The Department of Health in Michigan
  4. Setting up a New Tobacco Dependence Treatment Service
  5. Smokers: What am I inhaling? An interactive experience!
  6. Smoking Cessation Presentations from Michigan Department of Health
  7. Smoking in the Movies (2.1 MB PowerPoint file)
  8. Standards of Practice for a Tobacco Treatment Specialist
    (687 KB PowerPoint file)
  9. The Dope of Nicotine
  10. Tobacco Addiction: Why Is It So Powerful? (5.4 MB PowerPoint file)
  11. Tobacco Use in China (14.1 MB PowerPoint file)

Reimbursement for Tobacco Cessation

  1. Medicare Part B
  2. ATTUD FAQ for Medicare Benefit for Tobacco Counseling


  1. Health and Behavior Information Transfer (HABIT) newsletter
  2. National Institutes of Health: Grants
  3. The Health Consequences of Smoking Database

Resource Materials

  1. The Anatomy of a Cigarette
  2. History of World Tobacco (1 MB Acrobat file)
  3. Medicare Smoking Cessation Materials
  4. Participating Manufacturers (344 KB Acrobat file)
  5. New York State Tobacco Cessation Centers
  6. Part B—Smoking Cessation Counseling (64 KB Acrobat file)
  7. Smoking Cessation Resource Document

Smokeless Tobacco

  1. American Cancer Society
  2. CDC Fact Sheets
  3. Medline Plus
  4. National Cancer Institute
  5. Wikipedia
  6. National Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP)
  7. Oral Health America Foundation


  1. Survey of adults:
    1. Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
    2. Current Population Survey (CPS)
    3. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
    4. National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
    5. National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)
    6. Tobacco and other drugs-National Institute on Drug Abuse
  2. Survey of youth:
    1. Monitoring the Future Surveys (MTFS)
    2. Monitoring the Future Survey – 8th, 10th, 12th, grade youth
    3. National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (NHSDA)
    4. Teenage Attitudes and Practices Survey (TAPS)
    5. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

Tobacco Cessation

  1. State and National Quitlines
  2. What Happens When You Quit Smoking?
  4. Cessation Resource Center
  5. Videos about quitting (produced by the Mayo Clinic)
    1. Help to Stop Smoking
    2. I’m so Happy I Stopped Smoking
    3. Stopping Smoking: Why is it so Hard?

Tobacco Control

  1. Tobacco Control: US and international resources; links to at least one tobacco control resource for each state as well as international tobacco control resources
  2. State of Tobacco Control (American Lung Association, 2015)

Tobacco Industry

  1. Tobacco Industry
  2. Legacy Tobacco Document Library
  3. Tobacco Industry Information
    1. British American Tobacco
    2. Lorillard Tobacco
    3. Phillip Morris (Altria Group, Inc.)

Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Information

  1. ATTUD Accredited TTS Training Programs
  2. ATTUD TTS Standards of Practice