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Tobacco Use Disorder is a modifiable risk factor and remains the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. Tobacco Treatment Specialists are trained to provide effective, evidence-based interventions for tobacco dependence across a range of intensities. Specialists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, community health centers, medical and dental practices, educational settings, social service agencies, treatment centers, quit lines, and mental health centers. In addition to providing treatment, specialists educate others about tobacco dependence treatments.


Throughout the Tobacco Treatment Training Program, lectures, role playing and case presentations are utilized to discuss pharmacological and counseling interventions with patients interested in tobacco cessation. 


Participants who complete the WVU School of Dentistry's Certified Tobacco Treatment Training Program can:

  • understand the science behind tobacco addiction, nicotine withdrawal symptoms and effective tobacco use treatments.

  • inform patients and clients about the consequences of tobacco use.

  • develop individualized treatment plans.

  • provide effective treatment for all tobacco and nicotine use.

  • track patient progress and measure outcomes.

  • educate others healthcare providers and the public about tobacco treatment issues.

Register as a Certified tobacco treatment specialist through WV Health Connection

If you offer tobacco cessation services in WV, please share your program information here. 


Contact: Suann Gaydos at

or 304-293-5912


For more information on this training,

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