USF AHEC Tobacco Training & Cessation Program
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Tobacco Training & Cessation Program


In July 2007, the Florida legislature appropriated funds to establish the AHEC Tobacco Training and Cessation Program. The overall goal of the Program is to strengthen the capacity of Florida’s healthcare system to deliver effective evidence-based tobacco use treatment, cessation, and prevention services throughout the state.

The Tobacco Free Florida's AHEC Cessation Program is founded upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs in the following areas:

  1. Educating and Training Health Professions Students
  2. Offering Continuing Education to Practicing Health Professionals
  3. Providing Cessation Services for Tobacco Users

The AHEC Tobacco Training and Cessation (A.T.T.A.C.) program was developed and implemented in collaboration with our community and academic partners.

Health Profession Student Training

The A.T.T.A.C. program partners with area colleges and universities to train their health professions students on tobacco use, prevention, and cessation issues.




Smoking Cessation Services

TFF AHEC Cessation Program utilizes trained Tobacco Cessation Specialists to provide free counseling and support services to patients interested in quitting tobacco.  Please visit to learn more about cessation services.  Call 813-974-7889 to register for a cessation group in your area.

Health Care Provider Training

In addition to health profession student training and tobacco cessation efforts, the A.T.T.A.C. program also offers health care professionals continuing education opportunities on a variety of tobacco related subjects.

Click here for more information about trainings.