Duke-UNC TTS Co-Director Employs Pre-Quit Treatment to Boost Success

Adaptive treatment medication strategy a 'game-changer'


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The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program offers dynamic, interactive virtual training for medical, behavioral, and public health professionals.

Comprehensive, individualized tobacco treatment is a cornerstone of success in helping people to quit tobacco use. Dr. James Davis, Director of Quit at Duke and Co-Director of the Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program takes this a step further by incorporating pre-quit medication treatment and providing ongoing support throughout the quit attempt.


Davis has seen great success with pre-quit treatment in the cancer patients he treats for tobacco use. “If you're going to ask a person who's undergoing cancer treatment to quit, you’d better be able to provide them with substantial support month after month, week after week, both psychologically and pharmacologically," says Davis


An article published today in Duke's Clinical Practice Today for referring physicians explores this pre-quit regimen and the benefits of long-term treatment and support for cancer patients treated by Davis and the Quit at Duke team. Read the full article here.


Along with the full Duke-UNC TTS teaching faculty, Davis teaches future tobacco treatment specialists these adaptive medication treatment strategies as part of the nationally accredited Duke-UNC TTS Training Program. Offered three times per year, this interactive virtual experience focuses on problem-based learning activities, applied practice problems, and tobacco treatment program implementation and prepares participants to earn their National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice. Participants can earn up to 28.75 CME hours for participation in the course.


Duke-UNC TTS offers both comprehensive TTS training and 1-day continuing education intensives in tobacco treatment in a convenient, virtual format for medical, behavioral, and public health professionals. Learn more about the Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program here.


Contact Duke-UNC TTS at cttsprogram@duke.edu or 919-668-5042 with any questions about our training programs.