Tobacco Cessation for California Dental Providers: Toolkit and 1-hour Webinar

Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Dental Providers

Dental teams can play a critical role in helping their patients live tobacco free. The Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for California Dental Providers toolkit is designed to assist dental providers with integrating brief tobacco cessation interventions into their routine dental care workflows. The toolkit provides practical tools and evidence-based resources to help dental providers and their tobacco-using patients.

This toolkit was created by the UCSF California Technical Assistance Center (COHTAC) in partnership with San Joaquin County Public Health Services Smoking & Tobacco Out­reach and Prevention Program (STOPP) and Local Oral Health Program, and the California Depart­ment of Public Health, Office of Oral Health.

Included in this toolkit, you will find information about:

  • Trends in tobacco products and use in California
  • Dental professionals’ role in tobacco cessation and why it matters
  • Tobacco dependence and the benefits of quitting
  • Brief interventions for dental settings
  • The role of the entire dental team in tobacco cessation
  • FDA-approved medications for tobacco cessation
  • Resources available for providers and patients

Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Dental Providers  



Webinar: Tobacco Cessation for California Dental Provider

This 1-hour on-demand video webinar provides participants with an overview of the oral and systemic health implications of new and emerging tobacco products, and evidence-based strategies for implementing brief tobacco cessation interventions in practice, including key points for patient education and communication. This course is designed to complement the Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Dental Providers discussed above. All dental providers in California, including dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dentists, are eligible to attend this course and have the option of receiving 1.0 CDE credit upon completion.

Course Objectives

Following this course, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the oral and overall health implications of e-cigarettes, cannabis, and other tobacco products
  • Describe how to perform tobacco cessation interventions in dental settings
  • Identify ways to support patients in their quit attempt, including strategies for patients not ready to quit
  • Understand the role of the dental team and identify strategies for implementing tobacco cessation treatment into routine dental care


Benjamin Chaffee, DDS MPH PhD 

Elizabeth Couch, RDH MS 

Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Dental ProviderS webinar