Birmingham Area Tobacco Treatment Specialists (B.A.T.T.S.)


Cardiovascular Associates of the Southeast, LLC, (CVA) of Birmingham, Alabama, along with their Medical Education Foundation, invited area physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, case workers and other allied healthcare workers to attend a 5 day symposium concerning tobacco use and dependance.  The conference was designed and delivered by principals from the University of Mississippi ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research.  This program is accredited by the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) and the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD) and as such, serves as a certification program for tobacco treatment specialists. The workshop featured special sessions related to:

  1. a)Historical forms of tobacco delivery systems and current prevalence rates in the US

  2. b)Metabolism of nicotine and effects on the brain and cardiovascular system

  3. c)Toxins and known carcinogens in tobacco and all its delivery systems

  4. d)Health side effects: Morbidity and Mortality directly and indirectly attributable to tobacco use

  5. e)Addiction pathophysiology: Quitting as a process over time

  6. f)Smokeless and other forms of tobacco use and abuse

  7. g)Adolescent use of tobacco products, including “vaping” or use of e-cigarettes

  8. h)Behavioral Medicine and the use of “Motivational Interviewing”

  9. i)Current effective medication usage, both OTC and prescribed, in a comprehensive evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment program

Though the topics listed above are not all-inclusive, all aspects of tobacco use and dependence were covered in depth with breakout sessions and opportunity for Q & A after each presentation.  When all sessions were attended the candidates, in order to become Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists, had to pass the comprehensive certification exam, scoring a minimum grade of 70% within 2 weeks of the course. This has to be combined with 250 hours of evidence-based tobacco treatment experience at the Specialist level within the past 3 years, or within 1 year following the workshop.  The above pictured founding members of the Birmingham Area Treatment Specialists have either completed or are engaged in completing this process.


Founding Members, June 30, 2015