Health professionals are the single most influential determinant of tobacco cessation success and can contribute significantly to an increase in overall cessation rates. Suwannee River AHEC can provide continuing education credits and continuing medical education credits to health care professionals through our Learning Center.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all health care providers treat tobacco dependence in their practices. A minimal intervention lasting three minutes or less can have a significant impact on smoking cessation rates and improve individual treatment outcomes for your patients.

Professional continuing education is offered by qualified Tobacco Cessation Specialists to health care providers and community partners on a variety of tobacco-related topics.

Presentations are based on the Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence and the CDC Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs.


SRAHEC’s student ATTAC Program teaches health profession students that tobacco education for patients is part of professional best practices and is a critical component of comprehensive and component care. Suwannee River AHEC Tobacco Cessation Specialists give presentations to healthcare professional college students on how to help their future patients quit tobacco. Students who participate in this program benefit from an increased understanding of the pharmacology of nicotine and nicotine replacement therapy, increased awareness of the effects of smoking and tobacco use, improved knowledge of how to help patients change unhealthy behaviors, and develop or enhance skills for dealing with dependent/addicted patients.

Suwannee River AHEC offers tobacco education to vocational schools, community colleges, and universities that have healthcare programs. The training sessions are done in one-hour modules. Suwannee River AHEC has trained students from dental hygiene, dental assistant, nursing, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, cardiovascular tech, nursing assistant and surgical tech programs.

Training is offered on a variety of tobacco-related topics to ensure that healthcare professional students receive comprehensive training on the consequence of tobacco use and, most importantly, on how to counsel patients to avoid or stop tobacco use. SRAHEC also offers free online health professional education on various tobacco topics through our online Learning Center.

Interested in offering tobacco training to your employees or higher education students?



  • START: Stopping Tobacco with Assessments, Referrals, and Training

  • Diabetes and Tobacco: A Dangerous Liaison

  • Head to Toe: The Health Consequences of Tobacco Use

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • The Effects of Tobacco Use on the Cardiopulmonary System

  • The Lesser Evil? Smokeless Tobacco, Second and Third-Hand Smoke

  • Tobacco Cessation Medications

  • Tobacco Trend Busting