The West Virginia Bureau for Public Health Division of Tobacco Prevention offers an established, successful healthcare provider tobacco cessation program. It is a three-hour (free approved CMEs are offered) lecture-based course designed to present healthcare providers with evidence-based recommendations (based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality guidelines). Resources are provided to assist patients in tobacco cessation. The course is offered free of charge thanks to generous funding from the WVDHHR/WVBPH/Division of Tobacco Prevention.

Who is this training for?
Physicians, physician assistants, dentists, dental hygienists, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, pharmacists and social workers, and others interested in helping patients/clients stop using tobacco.

This course is approved for CEUs and CMEs. This training is available to all healthcare providers. The two to three-hour training is typically conducted on Saturdays or during State Association Conferences/Meetings to allow easier access for providers. *Dental clinicians who are licensed in West Virginia are required to obtain three hours of CME in tobacco cessation every two years, so many dentists and dental hygienists take advantage of these trainings.

Topics addressed in the training include:

  • Incorporating Tobacco Cessation into Your Practice
  • Tobacco Use Impact on Health
  • Pharmacotherapy for Tobacco Cessation
  • Tobacco Cessation During Pregnancy
  • Spit: Tobacco’s Deadly Secret:
  • Tobacco Policies and Advocacy

Additionally, for someone who might want to become certified as a tobacco treatment specialist, visit the Mayo Clinic website to learn more about their Tobacco Treatment Specialist Certification Training Program. This program is an intensive, five-day course focusing on the skills needed to effectively treat tobacco dependence. Faculty will be from the well-regarded Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. A partial list of topics includes: neuropharmacology of nicotine, optimization of pharmacologic management, conducting a basic counseling session, motivational interviewing and other counseling approaches, and application of treatment of tobacco dependence to people with co-morbid conditions. The last half-day of the program will consist of an examination which tests both knowledge and counseling skills. This training program is designed for healthcare professionals already providing tobacco dependence treatment and for those with a strong interest in entering the field. Registration is limited in order to facilitate learning and maximize interaction with the experienced faculty. Additional information about this program can be found at There is a limit of 30 seats for this training.

Additionally, the following tobacco cessation patient education resources are available:

  • Actual Quitting - The First Two Weeks
  • Bupropion
  • Coalition for a Tobacco Free WV Contact Information and Mission
  • Controlling Urges
  • Do You Think About Quitting
  • Fax to Quit Referral Form
  • Getting Back on Track
  • Handling Stress
  • Smoking and Pregnancy Poster
  • Making Plan to Stop
  • Medication Handout
  • Nicotine Replacement Options
  • Preparing to Quit
  • Quit Contract
  • Quitline Handout
  • Ready, Willing and Able
  • Thinking About Quitting
  • Tobacco Use Counseling
  • Varenicline
  • Weight and Exercise
  • Why Do I Use Tobacco - Pros and Cons
  • Why I Smoke Test

See and for more information. Jim Kerrigan, Director of the Division of Tobacco Prevention may be contacted for additional information.