Healthcare professionals are the single most influential determinant of tobacco treatment success, and can contribute significantly to a decrease in tobacco use. Suwannee River AHEC provides continuing education credits and continuing medical education credits to healthcare professionals in-person, virtually, and on-demand through our Statewide Learning Center.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that all healthcare providers treat tobacco dependence in their practices. An intervention lasting as little as three minutes can have a significant impact on individual treatment outcomes.

Continuing education is offered by Tobacco Treatment Specialists to healthcare 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


Suwannee River AHEC offers education on a variety of tobacco-related topics to vocational schools, community colleges, and universities with healthcare programs.

Suwannee River AHEC Tobacco Treatment Specialists give presentations to healthcare professions students on how to help their future patients quit tobacco. Students who participate in this program gain a better understanding of nicotine addiction, health effects of tobacco use, pharmacology of NRT and resources available to help tobacco users quit.


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

  • Head to Toe: The Health Consequences of Tobacco Use

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • The Effects of Tobacco Use on the Cardiopulmonary System

  • Tobacco Cessation Medications

  • Tobacco Trend Busting

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