September 3, 2020
We hope you enjoy this monthly newsletter from the Training & Education Program at the Center for Tobacco Independence.
Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Quit Tobacco
The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a digital health worker to help tobacco smokers quit online. After a short conversation via video or text, Florence can help make a plan to quit smoking, build confidence, and recommend local quitlines or apps.

While this service is not yet available in the United States, this launch reflects the ever-growing trend of utilizing technology to aid in quitting tobacco.

Find out more about Florence here.
*Tobacco Intervention:
Basic Skills
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We are excited to present our first Basic Skills Training of the season in just a couple of weeks. Join other health professionals for this remote training to learn more about nicotine addiction and how to integrate brief, evidence-based tobacco treatment interventions into current practice. The training sessions will include: tobacco prevalence, products and burden; ENDS and vaping; motivational interviewing; brief interventions; tobacco treatment medications; and quit planning.

This virtual training will take place over three sessions and participation in all sessions will be required to receive CMEs/CEUs.

Session 1: September 21, 2020 – 1-3:30pm
Session 2: September 22, 2020 – 1-3:30pm
Session 3: September 23, 2020 – 1-3:30pm


Registration Is Now Open!
Selected Resources
Nuestras Voces Network

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health’s Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network Program executes population specific and public health oriented strategies to affect the ubiquity of commercial tobacco use and tobacco related cancers.

The purpose of the network is to expand multi-sector networks and their capacity to effectively address the threats of commercial tobacco use and reduce the impact of tobacco related cancers on the nation’s health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on reducing disparities in underserved Hispanic communities.

Learn more at the Nuestras Voces website.


A Local Resource for Support Around Vaping

We also want to remind you about the Maine Vaping Quit Support Line. It is free and confidential, and coaches can support any Maine adult or youth resident who vapes and wants to quit.

Anyone can call if they need assistance to support a loved one who vapes or with general questions about vaping.

Call 1-844-9NO-VAPE to speak with a coach, or email NoVAPE@MaineQuitLink.com for support.

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.