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Proposed Elizabeth City-Pasquotank (NC) School Anti-Vaping Program Gains Insight from Duke-UNC TTS

As featured in a news story on (Elizabeth City, NC), Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education is exploring an initiative to combat the vaping epidemic in its schools. In order to learn more about a similar pilot program in Hatteras, board members heard from Dare County, North Carolina public health education specialist Christine Fletcher – recent participant in the Duke-UNC TTS Training Program – who offered her insight about how to make the proposed program effective for Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools (ECPPS). As the article explains, in her presentation Ms. Fletcher emphasized the importance of leading-edge tobacco treatment training:

“Fletcher, who recently completed the [Duke-UNC TTS] program, said although she already was familiar with the dangers of tobacco and nicotine addiction, the training was helpful because it provided information she did not have — including about how nicotine changes brain chemistry…. Fletcher said based on her experience it would be worthwhile for ECPPS to send someone to get trained as a certified tobacco treatment specialist.”

ECPPS scholarship funding is available to provide TTS training for one staff member, and Chairwoman Sharon Warden indicated that the Board will look into this option.

About Duke-UNC TTS Training Program

The Duke-UNC Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program is fully accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs and provides education in all core competencies for Tobacco Treatment Specialists as set forth by The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).

Completion of the course fulfills the training requirement for the National Certificate in Tobacco Treatment Practice (NCTTP), offered by the Association for Addiction Counselors (NAADAC), and participants receive 27.75 hours of CME credit.

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