March 8, 2022
We hope you enjoy this quarterly newsletter from the Training & Education Program at the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence. CTI provides education and training on evidence-based tobacco treatment to healthcare and behavioral health professionals in Maine on behalf of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services. Our goal is to improve access to high quality, best practice tobacco treatment and create a network of tobacco treatment specialists across the state. 
What's the Research?

Identifying Behavior Change Techniques Used in Tobacco Cessation Interventions by Oral Health Professionals and Their Relation to Intervention Effects—A Review of the Scientific Literature 

Oral health professionals have a unique position when it comes to talking about and implementing tobacco treatment interventions with their patients. There are multiple opportunities for dental professionals to talk about tobacco treatment with their patients due to the longer duration and repeat appointments. This is an important space to be able to bring up the topic of tobacco use as individuals who use tobacco face many oral health issues and frequently visit dental clinics. Ideally, dental professionals should be educated on which behavior change techniques (BCTs) work with their patients and which ones do not. There are three tobacco treatment interventions that are commonly used in dental settings which are: pharmacological, educational and behavioral interventions. These interventions can be used alone or in combination with each other.
This study aimed to identify behavioral change techniques (BCTs) that can be used for tobacco treatment at dental practices. Within this study – 16 BCTs were identified, mostly relating to teaching regulatory skills and increased motivation. The most effective interventions that were most commonly used were written materials, goal setting, readiness to quit and ability assessment, self-efficacy boost, tobacco-use assessment, listing reasons for quitting, action planning and environment restructuring.

Using tobacco treatment interventions in a dental setting seems to benefit from using BCTs that increase motivation and teach regulatory skills to their patients. The identified BCTs in this study could provide education to better inform researchers and dentists about how to use behavior change interventions for tobacco treatment in a dental setting.

Moafa, I., Hoving, C., van den Borne, B., & Jafer, M. (2021). Identifying behavior change techniques used in tobacco cessation interventions by oral health professionals and their relation to intervention effects—a review of the scientific literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(14), 7481. 

Upcoming Trainings

Upcoming Training Dates:

March 15, 2022: 1 Day Basic Skills Training with Pre-Work
Session 1: 9:00 – 1:10

June 7-9, 2022: 3 Day Basic Skills Training
Session 1: 9:00 – 11:00
Session 2: 9:00 – 11:35
Session 3: 9:00 – 11:15

6 CME/CEUs Available

Upcoming Training Dates:

April 12th – 15th 2022:
4 days Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Recorded Sessions), Friday
April 12, 2022: 9:00 – 1:15
April 13, 2022: 9:00 – 12:30
April 14, 2022: Recorded Session Day
April 15, 2022: 9:00 - 10:45

13.5 CME/CEUs Available
Virtual Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Conference

Keynote Speaker:

Matthew L. Myers
Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

The 2022 conference will be held virtually. Additional conference details and registration coming soon.
Tobacco Tips and Tricks from my time as Tobacco Treatment Specialist; working at the bedside, in an out-patient clinic and over the phone
Presented by Martha Seabury, RN, NCTTP, Clinical Specialist at the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence

March 24, 2022 from 12:00 - 1:00PM
*1.0 CME Available*
Navigating The Ever-Changing Landscape of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems in tobacco treatment, prevention and control: A 2022 update
 Presented by
Victoria Hynes, LCSW – MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, Training and Education Program Manager
Sarah Rines – MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, Communications Program Manager
April 27, 2022 from 12:00 - 1:00PM
*1.0 CME Available*
Additional Offerings
Look out for our addition to compliment the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence Training and Education Newsletter!
We're releasing media offerings on a range of tobacco topics each quarter.
Check Out Our Latest Episode!
Interview with a Maine District Tobacco Prevention Partner
For this soundbite we’re going to be chatting with a District Tobacco Prevention Partner from Maine. The statewide Tobacco Prevention Services initiative includes strategies implemented by CTI and 14 community-based sub-recipients, also known as District Tobacco Prevention Partners.
We will be archiving our Newsletters and other media offerings on our CTI Website if you missed them!
NEW CTI Tobacco Treatment and Prevention Material Database
Access all of our treatment and prevention materials in one convenient spot!
The Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI) Tobacco Treatment & Prevention Material Database is a repository of all tobacco treatment, training and prevention related materials developed by CTI or with CTI related brands.
Across the various CTI programs and brands a wide array of materials have been developed and are available to support awareness and initiative implementation.
This tool provides information on each resource including an image, description, target audience, setting, material type, and how to access each resource. All materials and links are updated on a continuous basis.
CTI has developed a Guidance and FAQ document to help you navigate the material database and to help answer any questions you may have about functionality, filtering, digital downloads, or ordering print materials.
You can access the Material Database and Guidance/F.A.Q. document via the Tobacco Prevention & Treatment Resources Page at 
Maine QuitLink Referral Video
We are excited to share a new resource that has been completed in collaboration with the communications team and MaineHealth Education services; the updated MQL Provider Referral Video!
Advice and assistance from providers remains a powerful tool in helping tobacco users quit. Clinical providers can increase patient and client success in becoming tobacco-free by connecting them to the Maine QuitLink. Watch this video to learn more about what happens when you refer patients and clients to the Maine QuitLink
The video is now live and available to be a tool for use. Please feel free to share with others!
Selected Resource
Women and Smoking

Did you know that nearly
20 million women and girls in the United States smoke cigarettes?

Tobacco companies continue to aggressively market to women.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, companies used slogans, advertising, and sports to tie their products to the women’s rights movement.

Women who smoke are more likely to die from C.O.P.D. than men who smoke.

Women over age 35 who smoke have a slightly higher risk of dying from heart disease than men who smoke.

More than 200,000 women die every year from smoking-related disease compared with 270,000 men who die from smoking-related disease every year.

Click here or on the image to access the full document.
For more information about the Training & Education Program, visit:

The 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.