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 Florida AHEC Network Tobacco Training and Cessation Program is founded upon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs in the following areas:
- Educating and Training Health Professions Students
- Offering Continuing Education to Practicing Health Professionals
- Educating Youth through Tobacco Prevention Programs
- 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 & Youth Education
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. Many of these health professions students are then deployed into area middle schools where they serve as role models, while teaching young people about the consequences of tobacco use and promoting a message of abstinence and prevention.
- Faculty and health professions students click here for more information.
- Middle school teachers and classrooms click here for more information.
Smoking Cessation Services
AHEC’s Tobacco Cessation Program utilizes trained Tobacco Cessation Specialists to provide free counseling and support services to medically needy patients interested in quitting tobacco. Visit our Quit Smoking Now page to learn more.
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.
All three components of the program promote
and support referrals to the Florida State QuitLine.
Sponsored by the University of South Florida AHEC and the State of Florida, Department of Health.