October 3, 2019
We hope you enjoy this monthly newsletter fr om the Training & Education Program at the Center for Tobacco Independence.
What's the Latest?
Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with E-Cigarette Use, or "Vaping"

You may have heard that there is a new concern about the use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System products, or ENDS (also referred to as e-cigarettes, or “vaping”). There have been hundreds of cases of serious lung injury, and some deaths, reportedly associated with vaping. Unfortunately, researchers are not yet able to pinpoint the specific common cause of these illnesses. Victims have reported using various nicotine-based products as well as marijuana-based products.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website contains many resources that explore the crisis. The page linked here keeps a running account of what is known, and you can visit to learn the latest findings. The page includes material aimed at the public, as well as information for healthcare providers and for state and local health departments.

Among their recommendations, the CDC states:

Until we know more, if you are concerned about these specific health risks, CDC recommends that you consider refraining from using e-cigarettes or vaping products.

To access the site, click HERE.
Presentations (and More) for Youth: ENDS
If you are a professional who works with youth ages 11 – 18, you are likely concerned about the use of ENDS (e-cigarettes, vapes) among kids. How can you help them manage the allure of these products?

We suggest the following:


CTI's Prevention Services Initiative contracts with 14 District Tobacco Prevention Partners across the state, who cover all Maine communities. They are available to provide presentations and other assistance around prevention of youth initiation, reduction of exposure to secondhand smoke, and promotion of tobacco treatment through the Maine Tobacco HelpLine.

Learn more and reach Local Prevention Partners HERE.


CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health developed a presentation aimed at educating youth about e-cigarettes, including the health risks, the factors that lead to e-cigarette use, and what youth can do to avoid all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. It includes a free-to-use PowerPoint and a PDF with talking points. We hope that any adults who educate or serve youth will find it useful!

Access the presentation HERE.

Selected Resource
Maine's Updated Tobacco and Vaping Prevention Law

Things are changing so fast around e-cigarette/vaping laws - it's tough to keep up. This is especially true if you work at a school.

CTI's Prevention Program has developed many resources and infographics that explain such issues. This one helps to clarify the new Tobacco and Vaping Prevention law, and its impact on schools. Click HERE or on the image to download the infographic to share with others.

Click HERE for other CTI resources related to ENDS.
CTI is Hiring!
Tobacco Treatment Educator

The Educator will work as a part of a dynamic team that provides comprehensive tobacco training and education statewide.

More information and application HERE .

Program Coordinator - Tobacco Prevention Program

The Coordinator will support statewide programming aimed at preventing tobacco initiation among youth and promoting evidence based tobacco treatment.  

More information and application HERE .

Upcoming Trainings
Please click on the orange titles for more information and to register. We hope to see you!


Wednesday, October 16, 2019 – 12 to 1pm 

ENDS Webinar Series #1 - Dr. Brian King, Deputy Director for Research Translation, Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC
Monday, November 4, 2019 - 12 to 1pm - (more info & registration available soon)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 – 12 to 1pm

Continuing Education

This full day workshop will provide an overview of ACEs science and evidence demonstrating the long-term consequences of early life adversity on tobacco use. Information about trauma-informed care principles and practices for tobacco treatment will also be included.

October 23, 2019 (8am - 3pm) – The Samoset Resort, Rockport

*For a printable flyer about this training, click HERE.

NEW! Basic Skills Trainings for Targeted Audiences

A new targeted Basic Skills Training for individuals working in the behavioral health setting. Offered on two dates:

November 14, 2019 – Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell
February 4, 2020 – MaineHealth, Portland

A new targeted Basic Skills Training for prevention specialists, public health professionals, and policy makers.

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.