August 1, 2019
We hope you enjoy this monthly newsletter fr om the Training & Education Program at the Center for Tobacco Independence.
New Training Season Announced Soon!
Keep your eyes peeled! We are wrapping up the planning for our next season of webinars and trainings, and can't wait to share our entire exciting lineup with you.

In the meantime...

SAVE THE DATES for our first two offerings!

Tobacco Intervention: Basic Skills

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Bangor - Hilton Garden Inn

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Waterville - Hampton Inn

In this one-day training participants will learn about nicotine addiction and how to integrate brief, evidence-based tobacco treatment interventions into current practice. The Basic Skills Training is open to all health and prevention professionals and community members who are interested in learning more about the burden of tobacco and strategies for treatment.

The training is a requirement for those interested in becoming  Nationally Certified in Tobacco Treatment Practice .


Registration opens soon!


For more information, please visit our website.

What's the Research?
Childhood Trauma History and Smoking Behavior

In the last couple of decades, the role of childhood maltreatment is more often considered among health professionals and researchers. Studies have shown that adversity in childhood is related to many public health concerns, including adolescent and adult smoking. To be sure, this information is important to keep in mind as we work to provide the best treatment for people who use tobacco.

In one study, researchers examined the relationship between childhood maltreatment and smoking initiation and persistence. They followed individuals over a ten year period, and found that having a history of childhood emotional and p hysical maltreatment was associated with increased odds of ever smoking, smoking daily and smoking persistently over time. These results suggest that a history of trauma may play a significant role in recalcitrant smoking. They further indicate that, where appropriate, quit success may be boosted by addressing trauma as part of tobacco treatment.

To access the article, click HERE.


Article citation: Taha F, Galea S, Hien D,  et al Childhood maltreatment and the persistence of smoking: a longitudinal study among adults in the US.   Child Abuse Negl  2014;38:1995–2006
Selected Resource
Fact Sheet - Adverse Childhood Experiences

Increasingly, health professionals are aware of the lifelong impact - including substance abuse - of childhood trauma and adversity. More practices are screening for "ACEs," or "Adverse Childhood Experiences." For more information and to find out what MaineHealth is doing about this public health problem, click here.

Click HERE or on the image to download an infographic that you can share with others.
Honoring Those Who Work to Create Tobacco-Free Environments
Breathe Easy Maine – part of the MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence – holds an annual recognition program called the Gold Star Standards of Excellence (GSSE). This program encourages and supports the organizations and institutions in Maine that are addressing smoking and tobacco use by creating and maintaining smoke and tobacco-free policies. All behavioral health organizations, hospitals and institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply for recognition. Those that meet a minimum of seven of the ten standards are recognized at an annual awards celebration event.

For the 2019 awardee list and photos of the celebration, visit: www.breatheeasymaine.org/GSSE

Individuals are honored, too! Pictured below at the 2019 Annual Awards Celebration are Randi Bruneau (Pine Tree Recovery Center) and Cumberland County District Tobacco Prevention Provider Karlene Hafemann (City of Portland Public Health Division). Randi was awarded a Gold Star Champion Award for her efforts.

We thank all of the awardees for the w ork they do to promote healthy and safe environments in Maine!

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.