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The University of Kansas Tobacco Treatment Education

"I thought I knew everything about tobacco cessation….[We] had put in this policy, and offered tobacco cessation at our two clinics, four years prior to my training…. I was wrong. [The] trainers gave me invaluable information that will greatly improve our outcomes."
- Duane, TTS since 2016.


Building Kansas capacity to address tobacco dependence via Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training.

The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) is providing Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Training to Kansans. Through funding from Kansas Health Foundation's Tobacco Treatment and Recovery in Behavioral Health Initiative, KUMC is working towards increasing access, availability, and affordability of evidence-based tobacco treatment. Building a collaborative network of providers using evidence-based treatment practices will allow this program to reach and treat thousands of Kansans who use tobacco.

Why We Care

Current cigarette use among adults in Kansas 17.2% as compared to 13.7% in the United States (CDC 2018). People with any mental illness consume tobacco with greater intensity, have more difficulty quitting and higher relapse rates.

Comprehensive Skills Development

The World Health Organization Framework on Tobacco Control identifies 6 competencies to address tobacco dependence: Monitor tobacco use and prevention policies, Protect people from tobacco smoke, Offer help to quit tobacco use, Warn about the dangers of tobacco, Enforce bans on tobacco advertising promotion and sponsorship, and Raise taxes on tobacco.  

Training Competencies

  • Tobacco Dependence Knowledge and Education
  • Counseling Skills
  • Assessment Interview
  • Treatment Planning
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Diversity and Specific Health Issues
  • Documentation and Evaluation
  • Professional Resources
  • Law and Ethics
  • Professional Development
Last modified: Jan 05, 2021

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