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Disease Interrupted

A Clinical Guide to Tobacco Reduction and Cessation

Edited by Charl Els, Diane Kunyk and Peter Selby
Foreword by Neil Collishaw

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in Canada. Yet although effective treatments exist, tobacco addiction remains vastly undertreated compared with other chronic conditions. This second edition of Disease Interrupted addresses that gap in practice, offering the core knowledge and skills that health care and related professionals need to provide effective tobacco cessation services. It is designed for practitioners in various settings and across the spectrum of care, as well as for students in health care and related fields.

Based on the latest national best practice guidelines, the chapters describe evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacological approaches to cessation and examine interventions in various settings and for populations that are disproportionately affected by tobacco use.

Written by more than 50 experts in tobacco addiction, Disease Interrupted supports health care practitioners in delivering tobacco cessation interventions to help people overcome the harmful, often devastating, effects of tobacco use and addiction.

For the table contents, see the promotional flyer

Pages: 516 • Published: 2017 • ISBN: 978-1-77114-385-1 (print) • Product Code: P6507



About the Editors

Charl Els

Charl Els, MBchB, FCPsych, MMedPsych (cum laude), DipABAM, MROCC, is a psychiatrist and addiction specialist. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta and serves on the university’s Health Research Ethics Board.


Diane Kunyk

Diane Kunyk, RN, PhD, is academic faculty and associate dean of graduate studies with the Faculty of Nursing and adjunct faculty with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta. She teaches interdisciplinary graduate courses on research and health care ethics, performs qualitative and quantitative research on ethical issues in health care and serves on the university’s Health Research Ethics Board.

Peter Selby

Peter Selby, CCFP, FCFP, MHSc, DipABAM, DFASAM, is the director of Medical Education and a clinician scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He is a professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, and Psychiatry, as well as with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on tobacco addiction and innovations in translating evidence into practice within various populations.


About the Author of the Foreword

Neil E. Collishaw, MA, is research director of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada. He was the lead tobacco control expert with the World Health Organization Tobacco or Health Programme from 1991 to 1999. From 1974 to 1991, he worked on tobacco control policy development and other public health policy issues in the national Department of National Health and Welfare.

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