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The California Smokers’ Helpline and its training and technical assistance arm, the Center for Tobacco Cessation, are pleased to host this free webinar on Thursday, May 10th from noon to 1 pm PST, Tobacco Use and COPD.

Register here. 

Webinar Overview

Tobacco smoking is the main cause of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) in the U.S. Rina Edi, MD, will discuss the definition of COPD and the role that smoking plays in this disease. She will share tips on how to address tobacco cessation and COPD with patients or clients.

Webinar Objectives

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the causes and symptoms of COPD
  • Discuss the role that tobacco use plays in the development of COPD
  • Discuss the ways that health professionals can address COPD with patients, and the importance of quitting smoking


Rina Edi, MD
Primary Care Physician
UCSan Diego Health

Rina Edi, MD is a primary care physician with UC San Diego Health and also  instructs medical students, residents and physicians in training at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is the co-author of a study that looked at increasing physicians’ documentation and assessment of obesity and dietary counseling, which was published in Family Medicine.

Dr. Edi also serves as Medical Director of the California Smokers’ Helpline and is the outpatient smoking cessation champion at UC San Diego Health. Dr. Edi completed a residency in family and community medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and earned her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She is also board-certified in family medicine.