Continuing Education Opportunities

American Lung Association


These courses are accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment  Training Programs to award continuing education contact hours for tobacco treatment providers who successfully complete the program.

Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) Program

Location Varies

Project TEACH (Tobacco Education and Cessation in the Health System)


This program is accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment  Training Programs to award up to 24 continuing education contact hours for tobacco treatment providers who successfully complete the program.

Treating Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings Training Conference

Piscataway, NJ

SRNT University


Duke UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program


Tobacco Treatment Training in Oncology
New York, NY 


The American Lung Association has 4 CTTTP Accredited Courses that are offered on demand:

Tobacco Basics 
The American Lung Association’s Tobacco Basics is a free one-hour online course including five learning modules designed to lay the foundation in understanding the toll of tobacco use in the U.S. In this course participants will learn the difference between tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices; the effects of tobacco use on the human body and brain; nicotine dependence and why quitting is so challenging; proven policies that protect public health from the toll of tobacco; and the programs available to help all tobacco users successfully quit for good.
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Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch
The American Lung Association’s Ask, Advise, Refer to Quit Don’t Switch training is based on the CDC’s Ask–Advise–Refer model, and utilizes updated tools and strategies for conducting an effective brief tobacco intervention for patients that use tobacco products. This training promotes evidence-based, proven-effective cessation strategies and reviews the seven FDA-approved quit medications currently available.

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How to Help People Quit
The American Lung Association’s How To Help People Quit training is a free, one-hour online course including four interactive learning modules designed to further enhance understanding of the Lung Association’s core beliefs about tobacco cessation, as well as understanding behavior changes, interventions and treatment needed to help people quit for good.

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Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Overview Training
The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® Facilitator Overview Training is the third of four required courses for those individuals wishing to become certified Freedom From Smoking® facilitators and conduct group programs within their communities and beyond. This overview training course is 2.5-hours and includes interactive components to support all learning styles.

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Addressing Tobacco Use in Hispanic or Latino Communities (English) Webcast
During the American Lung Association’s Addressing Tobacco Use in Hispanic or Latino Communities webcast in English, attendees can expect to examine issues related to tobacco use and nicotine dependence in Hispanic or Latino communities and learn more about a new toolkit to provide culturally competent strategies, tools, and lessons learned that can be implemented by public health professionals, clinicians, and community partners serving diverse Hispanic or Latino communities. 

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Abordar el consumo de tabaco en las comunidades hispanas o latinas 
Durante esta transmisión web, los participantes pueden esperar examinar los problemas relacionados con el consumo de tabaco y la dependencia de la nicotina en las comunidades hispanas o latinas. Aprenderemos más sobre un nuevo conjunto de herramientas para brindar estrategias culturalmente competentes, herramientas y lecciones aprendidas que puedan ser implementadas por profesionales de la salud pública, los médicos y la comunidad. 

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The Duke-UNC Comprehensive TTS Program combines findings from the most current evidence-based research on pharmacotherapy, population-based issues, practical guidance on running a practice, and targeted skills in tobacco dependence counseling. Through a combination of interactive, virtual sessions and online self-paced training, Duke-UNC TTS offers leading-edge, evidence-based continuing education in a fun and engaging online experience.

Learn more or register:

Upcoming Comprehensive TTS Training Dates:

  • November 6-14, 2023
  • March 18-26, 2024
  • July 15-23, 2024


October 12, 2023
Intensive Behavioral Health Approaches to Tobacco Treatment (virtual, 9.5 CE hours)
11:00am-5:00pm ET

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Healthcare professionals have received little training in current advanced techniques for intensive behavioral approaches to improved tobacco use treatment. This training will assist clinicians with acquiring improved skills in behavioral interventions for tobacco use treatment. Through experiential training methods, participants will be able to demonstrate how to use a variety of behavioral interventions, from motivational interviewing to cognitive behavior therapy to mindfulness practice. The training will also practice how understanding cultural differences can improve behavioral counseling outcomes.

December 5, 2023, 12:00-5:00pm ET
Tobacco Dependence Pharmacotherapy (virtual, 8.0 CE hours)

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Medication strategies for tobacco use continue to evolve, with the use of pre-quit treatment, extended treatment, low-dose varenicline, high-dose nicotine, and combination treatment. Most medical providers are unaware of how or when to use these effective approaches.

This training is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and tobacco treatment specialists who work with smoking cessation medications and would benefit from an understanding of the current research guiding smoking cessation pharmacotherapy. The course will provide an overview of the neurobiology that gives rise to nicotine dependence and how various medications impact that neurobiology. We will provide guidance on treatment that is relevant to most clinicians including:

  • approaches to varenicline use that maximize efficacy and minimize side effects;
  • use of combination medication treatment
  • evidence for the use of pre-quit smoking cessation medications
  • use of extended post-quit medications
  • and the use of adaptive treatment

December 12, 2023, 11:ooam-5:00pm ET
Tobacco Treatment in Adolescent and Young Adult Populations (virtual, 8.5 CE hours)

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This course is designed for both healthcare and non-healthcare professionals who work with youth and young adults who would like a deeper and more practical understanding of the problem of tobacco use among young people, and opportunities to prevent and treat tobacco use and its sequelae. Grounded in a developmental framework, the course will explore the neurobiological and neurodevelopmental underpinnings of tobacco use and addiction among youth, the physiological and broader health impacts of use, the current prevalence of use and opportunities for community-based prevention, and essential clinical skills and resources involved in treating tobacco use disorders at the point of care, including behavioral and medication treatments.


Please contact our office to discuss creating a customized training experience for your group.


Jennifer Greyber, Duke-UNC TTS Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-668-5042




Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Tobacco Treatment Training and Education Offerings

Advice and assistance from a healthcare professional remains a powerful tool for helping tobacco users quit and these patients should be offered assistance at each healthcare visit. The MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence provides a variety of tobacco treatment trainings and education programs for providers and health professionals. Learn more about current opportunities at

CTI provides education and training on evidence-based tobacco treatment to healthcare and behavioral health professionals in Maine on behalf of the Maine Center for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services. Our goal is to improve access to high quality, best practice tobacco treatment and create a network of tobacco treatment specialists across the state.




Project TEACH (Tobacco Education and Cessation in the Health System)

This program is accredited  by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs to award up to 24 continuing education contact hours for tobacco treatment providers who successfully complete the program.

Effective behavioral interventions and pharmacologic treatments for tobacco use and dependence exist and are very cost-effective, but are underutilized. Studies estimate that each year, family medicine practices have approximately 240 million opportunities to impact the tobacco use behaviors of Americans. According to government data, 70% of smokers are interested in quitting but only 7% are successful; therefore it is important to reach these patients and provide them with tobacco and nicotine cessation evidence-based treatment tailored to their needs and environment.

Project TEACH is an innovative tele-mentoring program that provides education to diverse health care providers who seek to enhance/sustain their knowledge in tobacco and nicotine cessation treatment. This program is free to all health care providers and aims to reduce barriers to obtaining up-to-date resources and evidence based practices. Project TEACH utilizes the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) model to connect individuals from various organizations such as hospitals, non-profit organizations, FQHC’s, Academic Centers, and private clinics. Participants join weekly sessions via a free, online video platform. CEU and AMA Category 1 CME credits are available after attending each session. Each session encourages the growth of a support network through case consultation and didactic presentation.

For more information on how to join, visit or email




New SRNT University Offers Certificate Program and Library Collection

The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has launched a new online education platform, SRNT University. “SRNT-U” is a collection of organized, curated training, scientific articles, and tools and resources for people working in nicotine and tobacco research and related professions.

Developed by more than 140 SRNT member volunteers from 20 countries, SRNT-U is an information hub for students, early-career researchers and anyone new to nicotine and tobacco research. It’s also a resource for more experienced professionals seeking to expand their knowledge about specific areas of nicotine and tobacco research.

Most content is free to access, but you must log in as an SRNT member or create a free non-member guest account to access content.

Key SRNT-U offerings include:

  • SRNT’s Smoking Cessation Research Certificate Program: introductory-level training on research methods suitable for smoking cessation treatment research, along with relevant background information
  • the SRNT-U Library: links to hundreds of items related to nicotine and tobacco research, from SRNT and other organizations, organized by topic or discipline.
  • the Research Methodologies and Skills section of the Library: links to information and training on a full range of research methodologies and skills, from identifying a research question through to presenting study results.

SRNT-U also has links to SRNT webinars and conference plenary sessions, as well as selected content from SRNT’s journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

We encourage you to create a free account, log in and explore SRNT University. Content will be added periodically, so bookmark the site and check back often to see what’s new!

Questions? Email




It is well-established that smoking is the leading preventable cause of cancer. But many patients and health care providers are relatively unaware that persistent smoking among cancer patients is associated with adverse clinical outcomes including increased risk for treatment complications, disease recurrence, second primary cancers, disease progression, and mortality. There are research-to-practice gaps and lack of training is routinely identified as a barrier for improving the quality of tobacco treatment in oncology care.

With grant funding from the National Cancer Institute (R25CA217693), Tobacco Treatment Training in Oncology (TTT-O) is a 2-day, skills-based workshop held at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, followed by 6, monthly, 60-minute collaboratory videoconference calls providing additional opportunities for tobacco treatment mentorship and implementation coaching.

This training is offered 2-3 times per year. Registration for this training opportunity is complimentary.  Participants traveling to New York City will be eligible to receive up to $500 reimbursement of travel expenses and a 2-night stay at the workshop-designated hotel will be reimbursed for accepted applicants. To maximize learning, registration is limited. The target audience is oncologists, tobacco treatment specialists, physician assistants, oncology nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, and respiratory therapists, and other clinicians working in oncology care settings. TTT-O offers continuing education credits. For more information go to



Treating Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings
Training Conference


For the past ten years, Dr Jill Williams, Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and colleagues have been providing a 2-day CME educational conference in NJ, called Treating Tobacco in Behavioral Health Settings. Although tobacco use rates are high in individuals with mental illness or other addictions, there is evidence that behavioral health professionals  intervene infrequently to offer treatments. Many psychiatrists and other behavioral health professionals report never having received training on evidence-based practices for treating tobacco use disorder. Evaluation of this training has revealed that behavioral health professionals that attend are much more likely to provide a more comprehensive tobacco dependence treatment compared to baseline practices (Williams et al., 2014).

This training is offered periodically. Registration fee includes tuition, handout materials, continental breakfast, continuing education credit and certificate costs.  A copy of the training brochure can be viewed online at  Registration is online at

The training can also be provided onsite in your location for audiences of up to 60 participants.  Continuing educations credits for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and certified counselors are available. For more information contact 732-235-4341 or email Jill Williams at

Williams JM, Miskimen T, Minsky S, Cooperman NA, Miller M, Dooley-Budsock P, Cruz J and Steinberg ML.  Increasing Tobacco Dependence Treatment Through Continuing Education Training for Behavioral Health Professionals. Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/




UMass Center for Tobacco Treatment Research and Training:

Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) Program

The Train the Trainer in Tobacco Treatment (T4) program is an intensive, interactive 2-day training on how to coordinate and deliver the UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training program.  Qualified applicants who are accepted and complete the training become Certified UMass Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Trainers and are eligible to conduct UMass TTS Training programs at their location. Affiliation with a non-profit agency wishing to train local health care providers or a health care/social service agency wishing to train employees is required.

Applicants must meet educational and professional criteria related to training experience and tobacco dependence treatment. They also must have access to the organizational resources necessary to conduct multi-day trainings, and agree to deliver the training program as a not-for-profit venture and in a manner consistent with the University of Massachusetts’ quality standards. Terms, conditions and fees related to the delivery of each TTS Core Training will be included in the application packet. For more information go to or contact

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