196263 Regional Approach to Tobacco Cessation

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alice J. Dalla Palu, MPA, CAC, CTTS- , Community Health Dept. Lehigh Valley Hospital Network, Partnership for Tobacco Free Northeast PA, Allentown, PA

The Partnership for a Tobacco Free Northeast PA's mission is to improve the quality of life in our communities by reducing tobacco use. A review of cessation resources in the 10 county Northeast PA Health District, served by the Partnership, identified a need for comprehensive standardized tobacco treatment for all modalities, e.g., individual and group.

Key Points:

Based on the ATTUD Core Competencies and CDC's Best Practices, protocols were developed for client assessment intake, nicotine replacement therapy and client nicotine replacement therapy use. The professional trainer, who is a certified tobacco treatment specialist, provided The Tobacco Dependence Treatment training to all treatment providers. This training is based in part on the certification program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.


Standards were implemented to ensure that all tobacco users enrolled in treatment received the same high quality comprehensive service, providing the best opportunity to assist them in their quit attempt.


The counselors now use a standardized client intake form for group and individual counseling to assist with the development of a quit plan and now feel more competent to offer both forms of treatment.

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the need for competent and standardized tobacco treatment programs for high quality services.

Keywords: Tobacco Control, Smoking Cessation

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Certification as Certified Addiction Counselor, PA since 1979. Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Oversees the development and design of youth tobacco prevention programs and school curriculum, smoke-free policy initiatives, tobacco treatment programs for adults and teens.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.