OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The University of Ottawa Heart Institute
(UOHI) is hosting the 5th Annual Ottawa Conference: State of the Art
Clinical Approaches to Smoking Cessation at the Fairmont Château
Laurier in Ottawa.
The 2013 event will take place over two days and will bring together
national and international experts sharing the latest concepts in
clinical tobacco treatment, program development, and smoking cessation
WHAT: 5th Annual Ottawa Conference on Smoking Cessation
WHEN: February 1 and 2, 2013
WHERE: Château Laurier, 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 1
The Business Case for Smoking Cessation in Healthcare Settings
This presentation will discuss the burden of tobacco smoking on the
healthcare system. A brief review of cost-effectiveness studies
pertaining to smoking cessation interventions will be provided as will
the methodology and results of recent economic analyses looking at
hospital-initiated smoking cessation programs in Ontario.
The Zombies of Smoking Cessation: How to Kill Them Off
It is a fundamental responsibility of every healthcare professional to
provide smoking cessation assistance to their patients who smoke.
Unfortunately the persistence of outdated concepts or misconceptions
has often served to impair the delivery of effective treatments.
Despite evidence to the contrary these misconceptions have persisted,
keep rising from 'the grave' and are often raised as concerns - hence
their description as "Zombie Concepts".
Smoking Cessation: Looking Back, Moving Forward
This presentation will summarize current state of the art approaches to
smoking cessation in clinical settings (inpatient, outpatient, and
population management). As an example of evidence-based implementation
of research findings into practice, it will describe structure and
outcomes of innovative smoking cessation programs that have been
developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Partners HealthCare,
Inc., in Massachusetts, USA.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 2
Helping Pregnant Smokers: Transforming "Teachable Moments" to Sustain
Smoking whilst pregnant is associated with adverse outcomes in both the
mother and fetus. The long term consequences of this exposure is
associated with behavioural and metabolic consequences in the
offspring. Although pregnancy is a teachable moment for many pregnant
smokers, most women fail to stop.
The PAU - The Gate Keeper to Smoking Cessation Programs in Canadian
In North America in 1992, the JCAHO mandated the prohibition of smoking
in hospitals. This policy was followed by a reduction in smoking among
hospital employees, reduced second hand smoke exposure for patients,
staff and visitors and positioned hospitals as leaders in the promotion
of healthy workplace environments. Prohibition of smoking on the entire
hospital campus is now practiced as an extension to the indoor smoking
ban policy. In the presence of such policies, there is a requirement to
offer treatment of nicotine addiction to patients, staff and visitors.
For surgical patients the Preadmission Unit (PAU) can be a center of
excellence in nicotine addiction management and an location to test and
develop a hospital-wide cessation program.
Smoking and the Diabetic Patient, A Unique Challenge
Unfortunately, the condition of diabetes is also high risk for many
cardiovascular outcomes. During this presentation, we will explore the
unique combination of risks that are presented in the diabetic patient
who smokes. We will also take a look at how smoking cessation is
sometimes a challenge in these patients, as diabetes presents a unique
constellation of economic burden as well as medication burden in many
Smoking Cessation and Mental Health
Almost 50% of cigarettes smoked are consumed by those with mental
illness with the highest rates observed in individuals with psychotic
disorders such as schizophrenia who may spend up to 40% of their income
on tobacco, often at the expense of food, housing and social
Cancer Care Ontario's Approach to Smoking Cessation in Regional Cancer
Tobacco use is responsible for approximately 30% of all cancers, so it
is not surprising that a substantial number of newly diagnosed patients
and family members present to provincial Cancer Centres still smoking
or having only recently quit. Cancer Care Ontario's Cancer Plan for
2011- 15 has as one of its objectives to establish regional cancer
centres as models for the implementation of cancer risk reduction
The Ottawa Conference has become a recognized national reference point
for health professionals seeking to gain knowledge in clinical smoking
cessation - an important area of preventative health practice. This is
an accredited opportunity for knowledge exchange for a variety of
stakeholders including physicians, nurses, other healthcare and
community practitioners, researchers, and policy-makers.
** For more information and for the complete agenda, consult the conference's brochure **
SOURCE: Ottawa Heart Institute, University of Ottawa
For further information:
Senior Manager, Public Affairs
University of Ottawa Heart Institute