Pharmacists Prescribing for Tobacco Cessation Medications

75 Minutes

Karen S. Hudmon, DrPH, MS, RPh, CTTS

Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy

Karen S. Hudmon, DrPH, MS, RPh, CTTS, is Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Purdue University College of Pharmacy and Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy. She’s a licensed pharmacist and a cancer prevention researcher with 30 years of tobacco research experience and has personally provided tobacco cessation training to more than 30,000 health professionals.

Karen was one of the original authors of the Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation training program, which is used globally to train students and licensed clinicians to apply evidence-based approaches for helping patients quit. Currently, Karen’s research is funded by the NIH and the Indiana State Department of Health. She testified in favor of legislation to advance Indiana pharmacists’ role in prescribing cessation medications, was instrumental in drafting the statewide protocol, and is leading statewide training efforts.

Rebecca Brookes

Upstream Social Marketing

Over the past 40 years, Rebecca has worked nationally and internationally in many areas of public health marketing and behavior change, including the Tobacco Control Programs for New York State and Vermont, the Ford Foundation, the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic, Planned Parenthood International Federation and Planned Parenthood Federation of America (where she was national Director of Social Marketing), and trained national grantees for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to embed behavior change into programs.

She has been on the editorial board for Social Marketing Quarterly since 2013.

She currently holds a legislative appointment to the Vermont Substance Misuse Prevention Oversight and Advisory Council, which advises the Governor and legislature on policy for tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.

Her profile as a social marketer in public health is the first inclusion of social marketing in the recently published third edition of 101+ Careers In Public Health published by Columbia University.

Rhonda Williams, MES

Director of the Tobacco Control Program, Vermont Department of Health

Rhonda Williams, MES, Director of the Vermont Department of Health’s Tobacco Control Program in addition to the state’s Alzheimer’s and Healthy Aging and Asthma Management Programs, has been working in the field of tobacco prevention and treatment for nearly fifteen years. Ms. Williams has her Master of Environmental Studies from the Yale School of Environment and was first introduced to tobacco control policy working on Smoke free Chicago as Director of Programs and Policy for the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago. She has worked on various initiatives to advance prevention strategies, and tobacco treatment and smoke free interventions in public and rental housing, colleges, state-owned facilities, behavioral and substance use settings. Since 2011 Rhonda has been the Principal Investigator for the state’s Tobacco Control Program. Ms. Williams works on several health system initiatives including with the state Medicaid office on reducing barriers and increasing cessation to lower historically high smoking rates among Medicaid-insured, uninsured and populations targeted by the tobacco industry including Vermonters belonging to the LGBTQ, BIPOC, behavioral health, women, youth, and young adult communities. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for the ABCD study in Vermont and on the study team PACE VT, both of which assess substance use impact on adolescents and young adults.

Webinar Objectives
  1. Describe the evolving role of pharmacists in prescribing medications for treating tobacco use and dependence.
  2. Explain Vermont's process for enacting pharmacy prescriptive authority for NRT
  3. Identify two health systems strategies to gain cross-departmental support for policy and program innovations
  4. Describe the importance of two communication strategies used in Vermont - internal and external
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ACCME Accreditation

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the webinar activity.

Advance Practice Registered Nurses and Registered Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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California Pharmacists: The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA category 1 CreditTM. If you are a pharmacist in another state, you should check with your state board for approval of this credit.

California Psychologists: The California Board of Psychology recognizes and accepts for continuing education credit courses that are provided by entities approved by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM is acceptable to meeting the CE requirements for the California Board of Psychology. Providers in other states should check with their state boards for acceptance of CME credit.

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Course meets the qualifications for 1.25 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Provider # 64239.


The UCSF office of continuing medical education is accredited by the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), to provide continuing education credit for California addiction counselors. UCSF designates this live, virtual activity, for a maximum of 1.25 CCAPP credits. Addiction counselors should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Provider number: 7-20-322-0722.


This UCSF CME activity was planned and developed to uphold academic standards to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor; adhere to requirements to protect health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA); and include a mechanism to inform learners when unapproved or unlabeled uses of therapeutic products or agents are discussed or referenced.

All speakers, planning committee members and reviewers have disclosed they have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Rebecca Brookes, Anita Browning, Christine Cheng, Brian Clark, Karen Hudmon, DrPH, MS, RPh, CTTS, Jennifer Matekuare, Ma Krisanta Pamatmat, MPH, Jessica Safier, MA, Catherine Saucedo, Rhonda Williams, MES, and Aria Yow, MA.

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