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Offering Tobacco Cessation is a Vital Part of Cancer Care

Don’t miss our upcoming FREE virtual CE training on strategies for talking to cancer patients about tobacco use on November 28, 2023, 12:00-1:30pm EST!


This year more than 250,000 Americans will die from lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer-related death in the US. Smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer and is implicated in almost 30% of all cancer deaths in the US. This is why the National Cancer Institute (2022) asserts that “quitting smoking is among the most effective treatment options for improving the likelihood of survival, quality of life, and overall health of people with cancer who smoke.”


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and November 16th is the Great American Smokeout, a yearly event held each November encouraging tobacco users to try quitting.


The Great American Smokeout occurs annually on the third Thursday in November.
The Great American Smokeout occurs annually on the third Thursday in November.

In honor of these important awareness events, the Duke Smoking Cessation Program has partnered with the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association (NCONA) and other local cancer advocacy and treatment groups to offer a free CE training: Ask, Advise, Refer, Prescribe: Strategies for Talking to Cancer Patients About Tobacco Use.


Event Speakers:


  • Sarah Arthur, MBA: Comprehensive Cancer Control Action Plan 2020-2025 Overview)

  • Ronny A. Bell, PhD, MS: NC Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control)

  • Megan Keith, MSW, LCSW: Ask, Advise, Refer: Strategies for Talking to Cancer Patients about tobacco cessation

  • Joyce Swetlick, MPH: QuitlineNC and local tobacco cessation resources

  • Jean Sellers, RN, MSN: NC Oncology Navigator Association Overview

  • Kearston L. Ingraham, MPH: Moderator



The class will be held virtually on November 28 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST. Attendees will receive 1 hour of CE credit through Duke University Health System Clinical Education and Professional Development, which is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), to provide continuing education for clinicians from several disciplines.


Click here to register for this FREE, virtual CE training. Register by November 27, 2023 at 5:00 pm EST to secure your spot.


Learn more about the Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program here.

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