NSA 01/28/20 VAC AFM: E-Cigarettes: An Epidemic or a Cure?
Primary care physicians attempt to implement care according to best practices, KP guidelines and evidence-based medicine. As of October 2019, there have been 26 deaths and 1,299 cases of lung injury linked to e-cigarettes. These reports have created widespread concern among clinicians and the public, creating a need to understand what we know at this point, with the caveat being that there is no clear understanding of the causes of vaping-related lung-toxicity.
Caution is advised when choosing e-cigarettes, with consideration of their comparable effectiveness to FDA-approved medications but uncertain long-term harms. Smoking-cessation strategies involving e-cigarettes may increase exposures to health risks in two ways. Persons who are not successful at quitting smoking may continue to use e-cigarettes, and they may become “dual users” (i.e., vaping and smoking).
This conference will address improvement for understanding the risks with vaping; so, Adult Family Medicine physicians can better educate their patients.
Kaiser Permanente Napa Solano Area Adult Family Medicine physicians.
1. Discuss the risks of vaping with patients.
2. Discuss smoking cessation to improve our regional quality goals for tobacco cessation rates.
3. Utilize patient education & Health Connect resources to enable patient in smoking cessation with e‐cigarettes.
4. Recommend medical therapies available for smoking cessation.
Kermit Jones, MD, Internal Medicine, Adult Family Medicine Department, Kaiser Permanente Vacaville
David Zollinger, MD, Family Practice Physician, Former NSA Tobacco Cessation Consultant, Assistant Chief Adult and Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Vacaville
Kaiser Permanente Napa/Solano has determined that the speaker and planner(s) do not have affiliations with any corporate organizations that may constitute a conflict of interest with this presentation. Kaiser Permanente Napa/Solano takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse any brand-name products.
Kaiser Napa Solano Area is accredited by the California Medical Association (CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Kaiser Napa Solano Area designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ + 1.0-unit Geriatric Credit. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 Geriatrics