July 3, 2019
We hope you enjoy this monthly newsletter fr om the Training & Education Program at the Center for Tobacco Independence.
Now Hiring
The Center for Tobacco Independence is hiring
TWO Tobacco Treatment Specialists to work on the
Maine Tobacco HelpLine in Portland!


Want to know more? Visit the MaineHealth Careers page HERE - and enter the keyword: " tobacco."
Did You Attend the Annual Conference?
We Want to Hear From You!
If you have attended the Annual Tobacco Treatment & Prevention Conference in prior years, you know that we made some changes to the way the event was structured - including offering shorter pre-conference and post-conference sessions in addition to one full day. Also this year, in place of a poster session, we chose to have six breakouts that focused on the tobacco control work happening across the state. 

What did you think? We'd love to hear your opinions!

Please note: after you select an answer you will be taken to a Thank You page. You may close out of that page and return to the survey.


1. Did you like the format of the conference this year?
Yes - having a variety of sessions over three days met my needs
No - I preferred it the way it was before (two full days)
Either format is fine with me
2. Were the Maine-based breakouts a sufficient alternative to a poster session?
Yes - I learned a lot from the Maine breakouts
No - I learned a lot from past years’ poster sessions and prefer them
I have no preference between the Maine breakouts and the poster session
This is my first conference, so I did not see prior poster sessions
3. For the morning breakouts, was it effective to offer pairs of sessions by topic?
Yes - I liked the format
I would have preferred to switch between sessions for more variety of content
I am indifferent about this
4. Did you have enough time for networking during breaks?
Yes - there was plenty of time for networking
No - I wish there had been more time
I did not need to do any networking at this conference
Thanks for your responses! They will help us so much as we begin planning next year's event.
What's the Research?
The Benefits of Making Electronic Referrals to Tobacco Quitlines

Chances are you know that tobacco quitlines work. When someone making a quit attempt participates in telephone quitline services, they are getting evidence-based treatment, including counseling and (often) medication. There are quitlines in every state, and our Maine Tobacco HelpLine boasts impressive success rates for its participants.

There are several ways providers can refer their clients and patients to the HelpLine in Maine, including giving people the phone number, directing them to the Quitlink (an online option), using fax referrals and using electronic referrals (e-referrals). E-referrals are embedded into a practice’s electronic medical record. Staff at the HelpLine welcome and can easily process all types of referrals.

But did you know that of all these referral methods there is one that’s ideal? Research shows that providers are more likely to make referrals to tobacco quitlines if they use the electronic referral method. This may be due to the fact that the electronic referral option is prompted and easily accessed through a provider’s typical workflow.

A recent study found that e-referral rates were three to four times higher than for the faxed referral method, including especially high rates among underserved individuals. Researchers concluded that using e-referral may help address the challenge of delivering tobacco treatment during busy provider visits.


To find out more, access the article HERE.

If you’d like to talk with someone at the Center for Tobacco Independence about incorporating e-referrals into your workflow, contact us at: MaineTobaccoHelp@mainehealth.org.



Article citation: Fiore M, Adsit R, Zehner M , et al. An electronic health record–based interoperable eReferral system to enhance smoking Quitline treatment in primary care. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association , 0(0), 2019, 1–9
Selected Resource
A HelpLine Fact Sheet

Some clients and patients need a little more information and time to think before accepting a referral to the Maine Tobacco HelpLine.

Here is a fact sheet you can give them. It explains what the HelpLine is, reasons it can help people quit, and what people can expect when they call.

To download, click HERE or on the image.

For more information about the Training & Education Program, visit:

MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI)
Tobacco Treatment Training and Education Program
CTI provides education and training on evidence-based tobacco treatment to healthcare and behavioral health professionals in Maine on behalf of the Maine CDC, DHHS. Our goal is to improve access to high quality, best practice tobacco treatment and create a network of tobacco treatment specialists across the state.