Addressing Youth Tobacco Use and Promoting Health Equity

Tobacco use is constantly evolving with new products, new marketing tactics, and, fortunately, innovative and effective treatment options. Our nationally accredited virtual tobacco treatment specialist training is responsive to new trends in tobacco use and marketing, and we have a great lineup of evidence-based content from renowned experts in the field of tobacco treatment ready for our summer training.


Keep reading for a few highlights at our upcoming TTS training that we’re pretty excited about.

Youth/Adolescent Tobacco Use Our summer training features new content on youth tobacco use from Duke Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Pediatrician Richard Chung, MD. Drawing on a wealth of experience in the field, Dr. Chung shares his expertise on how to approach tobacco use in teens, tailored messages to share during a visit, and considerations for e-cigarette and other emerging tobacco product use.

Advanced Pharmacotherapy Learn from James Davis, MD, Medical Director of the Duke Smoking Cessation Program, about the latest smoking cessation pharmacotherapy trends. His lively, interactive sessions cover standard-of-care treatment, tailoring medications based on patient characteristics, emerging trends in tobacco cessation pharmacotherapy, and case presentations to help participants apply treatment principles.


Health Equity in Tobacco Treatment While smoking prevalence nationwide has decreased, several groups are still smoking at high levels. Individuals with low socioeconomic status, those who are uninsured and underinsured, people with a mental health diagnosis, those within the LGBTQ+ community, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, and Black Americans all smoke at higher rates than the general population. Addressing tobacco use in these groups and the health disparities it creates is a vital component of any smoking cessation program.

We are thrilled to have four leaders from the CDC's National Network consortium join us for a panel discussion to help our TTS trainees incorporate principles of health equity into their own tobacco treatment work. Our panelists for our July 2022 training are:


About the Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program


Our comprehensive curriculum covers the above topics and much more through a unique format of self-paced video modules and 4 half-day live sessions via Zoom spread over 2 weeks—ideal for busy medical, behavioral, and public health care professionals.


Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the most current evidence-based research on pharmacotherapy, population-based issues, practical guidance on starting or running a tobacco treatment program, and targeted skills in tobacco dependence counseling. Register now for our July 18-26th Comprehensive TTS training.


Click here to learn more about the Duke-UNC TTS Comprehensive Training or register today!