ATTUD the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependency

ATTUD is an organization of providers dedicated to the promotion of and increased access to evidence-based tobacco treatment for the tobacco user.

Our 2016 ATTUD Members Meeting was on Wednesday, March 2, 2016
at the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel Mississippi Room, Chicago, IL


Congratulations to Dr. John Hughes as the inaugural recipient of the ATTUD Excellence in Tobacco Treatment, Training and Advocacy Award. Thanks to John for his commitment and service to our profession and for an inspiring presentation at our recent membership meeting!



PHS 2008 Tobacco Treatment Guideline is available via a link for the Surgeon General website or can be found at:

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the first Surgeon General’s report describing the effects of tobacco use on health. To commemorate, a new report, The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress was issued

New member benefit  - access to Journal of Smoking Cessation
We are delighted to announce that members can now benefit from quality reading to inform their practice or study, with online access to Journal of Smoking Cessation (JSC).
As part of an access arrangement with Cambridge University Press,
ATTUD members can now access JSC free of charge.

JSC is published twice yearly, with articles published online ahead of issue allocation via FirstView . The table of contents will be sent out to the ATTUD listserv with each new issue.

Journal of Smoking Cessation is the world's only publication devoted exclusively to the treatment of smoking cessation. The journal is targeted specifically to the area of smoking cessation at the "grass-roots" level, focusing on observational studies that have practical implications for those assisting smokers to quit.

Members can access JSC via the members log in page.

Advocacy at work…

Statement by the ATTUD Business Practices Committee
regarding CT Screening and specialist tobacco dependence treatment to help guide providers and programs in advocating for treatment in the context of Lung Cancer Screening [more]

FDA Response to Citizen Petition to the FDA and ATTUD & SRNT Follow-up Letter to FDA
regarding Citizen's Petition re: NRT Labeling
“ The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that we have concluded
that certain statements set forth in the FDA-approved labels of over-the-counter nicotine
replacement therapy products, related to concomitant use with other nicotine-containing products
and duration of use, can be modified. In light of currently available evidence, these statements
are no longer believed to be necessary in their current form to ensure the safe and effective use of
over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products for their approved intended use as aids to smoking cessation.”
For more information see:

Barriers to the Use of Smoking Cessation Medications.
A white paper written by ATTUD and SRNT in support of the FDA petition

Statement by ATTUD “A prospective cohort study challenging the effectiveness
of population-based medical intervention for smoking cessation”

More tobacco dependence and treatment content to be on physician exams in 2014:  
New York state Tobacco Education Task Force Recommendations were accepted by the U.S. Medical Licensing Board.

Letter to PA Dept of Public Welfare requesting that Medicaid
patients have access to all 7 FDA approved tobacco treatment medication

ATTUD Position Statement - Talking Points and Resources:
Integrating Tobacco Treatment within Behavioral Health

A National Call To Integrate Tobacco-Free Policy And Tobacco Cessation
Services Into Behavioral Healthcare

ATTUD Letter to FDA:
Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee’s (TPSAC)
Report on Use of Menthol in Cigarettes

ATTUD Letter to Joint Commission:
Proposed Tobacco Treatment Measures for Hospitalized Smokers.

Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation - Rx for Change, which draws heavily from the Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence, is a comprehensive, turnkey program for training students and licensed clinicians in virtually any health professional field. Slide packs, video vignettes, and materials for clinicians and patients are available online for the following versions:
(1) the 5 A's (comprehensive counseling), (2) Ask-Advise-Refer (brief counseling), (3) Psychiatry, (4) Cancer Care Providers, (5) Cardiology Providers, (6) Mental Health Peer Counselors, and (7) Surgical Providers.

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to announce the availability of a free, online, one-hour CME program on treating tobacco use and dependence.

Participants will learn best evidence-based practices-such as what combinations of counseling and medications are most effective-culled from the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (2008):

AAFP Resources Guide Members in Coding, Getting Paid for Tobacco Cessation Counseling

2008 Clinical Practice Guideline Update: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence
Slides from ATTUD webinar conducted by Dr. Michael Fiore, 2008
(The audio of this presentation can be found on the ATTUD members-only page)