CME Course

Use of e-Cigarettes and Development of Respiratory Conditions in Women of Childbearing Age

This study examines the association between e-cigarette use and respiratory conditions (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]) among women of childbearing age.

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Target Audience

Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is an interdisciplinary, multi-specialty Journal, and articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-date information for primary care physicians and specialists alike. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine.  Therefore, the readers of the SMJ are an appropriate target for this article.

Goals and Objectives

Women of childbearing age are encouraged not to smoke because of well-documented adverse health outcomes. Young women currently using e-cigarettes have 75% higher odds of asthma compared with nonusers. Women using e-cigarettes with a history of combustible cigarette smoking have 3 times higher odds of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This study examines the association between e-cigarette use and respiratory conditions (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]) among women of childbearing age. The safety of e-cigarettes should be evaluated before considering them as an alternative to combustible cigarette smoking for women of childbearing age, and policies need to be reevaluated and clearly communicated to improve prevention efforts. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Identify the risks of tobacco smoking and of e-cigarette vaping for respiratory disease;
  • Include a screening inquiry regarding tobacco smoking and vaping status during patient encounters.
  • Counsel patients who smoke and/or vape regarding the risks of tobacco smoking and vaping and cessation strategies.

Course Information

CME Release Date: October 14, 2020
Valid for credit through: October 14, 2021
Course type: CME Journal Article
Estimated time of completion: 1 hour

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals: For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
  • Login to access the course content and resources for further study.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The following individuals, unless otherwise notedhave no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Manuscript Author(s):
Tarang Parekh, MBBS, MSc
Constance Owens, MPH
Kathryn Fay, RN, MHA
Joseph Phillips, MHA
Panagiota Kitsantas, PhD

SMJ Editor-in-Chief:
Steven T. Baldwin, MD

Southern Medical Association/Southern Medical Journal Editorial Staff:
Jennifer S. Price, MA, Managing Editor
Anita McCabe, Copyeditor

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