Tobacco Cessation

CAI's Tobacco Control Training Project (TCTP) has provided training to participants, including Tobacco Treatment Specialists, emphasizing capacity building skills. CAI has also provided technical assistance focusing on evidence-based practices that address tobacco dependence treatment; increasing access to Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), and offering pro-active brief cessation counseling through the Smokers' Quitlines.

As a result of training, participants learn valuable techniques and population-based health strategies that support health systems change through a comprehensive tobacco intervention protocol. They learn skills to enhance the success rates of those who want to quit using tobacco, including motivation and how to support the ability to make a successful quit attempt.

TCTP has also developed trainings for contractors that focus on the importance of advancing organizational systems that address tobacco dependence treatment among those disproportionately affected by tobacco use. In particular, the program has assisted health care organization administrators with establishing systems, policies and procedures that screen patients for tobacco use at every visit and support a tobacco free norm. Emphasis is placed on engaging community health system administration in policy change including emerging trends.