Tobacco Studies Program

Effective Treatments for Tobacco Dependence

April 18, 2012

Effective Treatments for Tobacco Dependence

Abigail Halperin MD, MPH & Ken Wassum

Tobacco & Public Health: Treatment, Prevention, Policy and Social Change (HSERV 558)

Abigail Halperin Abigail Halperin is the founder and Director of the University of Washington Tobacco Studies Program. Dr. Halperin has been Principal Investigator, Co-investigator, and Consultant on numerous research and development projects related to tobacco prevention, treatment, and policy. She has presented her work around the globe and is a renowned leader in the field.
Biosketch: here

Ken Wassum Ken Wassum is the Associate Director of Clinical Development and Support at Alere (formerly Free & Clear, Inc.). Mr. Wassum has been treating tobacco users for over 19 years. He is a past President of The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence ( and currently serves on the Board of Directors. He is also a member of The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco ( He is a graduate of the University of Washington and a former smoker who quit smoking 20 years ago.
Biosketch: here

This lecture is also part of our Tobacco and Public Health (HSERV 558) course, where it is paired with the following readings:
Schroeder S. What to do with a patient who smokes. JAMA. 2005;294(4):482-7.

Benowitz NL. Clinical Pharmacology of Nicotine: Implications for Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Tobacco Addiction. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2008;83(4):531-41.

Fiore MC, Baker TB. Treating Smokers in the Health Care Setting. N Eng J Med. 2011;365:1222-31.