ATTUD - The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence

The Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs is the accrediting body for Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Programs. Accreditation documents that an independent panel has carefully reviewed the training program and determined that it meets the Core Competencies established by ATTUD.

Mission and Vision

The vision of TTS Training Program accreditation is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in the professional preparation of Tobacco Treatment Specialists through the accreditation of Tobacco Treatment Specialist training. As an accrediting body, we are committed to the development and proliferation of standards and procedures that meet the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex population of tobacco users, including:

  1. preparing tobacco treatment specialists to provide evidence-based treatments for tobacco dependence in a variety of contexts, and
  2. encouraging and promoting the continuing development and improvement of TTS training and educational programs.


The goals of the accreditation program are to:

  • establish and continually review TTS training standards;
  • evaluate training program compliance with established standards;
  • recognize training programs which demonstrate compliance
  • serve as a resource for TTS certification.
What is a Tobacco Treatment Specialist?


November 2014- Affordable Care Act and Opportunities to Stop Smoking
Tobacco users have more options to help them quit, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Policies implemented as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) give healthcare providers and public health professionals several new opportunities to encourage and help smokers to quit, according to a commentary published in the New England Journal Medicine.Click here for more information.

July 2013 - PubMed details a British study.
A recent article published in PubMed details a British study in which the following conclusion was drawn: Quit rates are typically lower for smokers supported by "community practitioners" for whom smoking cessation is a small part of their job than for those supported by "specialist practitioners" for whom it is the main role.
January 2013 – Third CTTTP Commission appointed
2/ 5/2013
Returning: Barbara Forbes, Gregory Seward, Thomas Houston, Lee Gilman New: Debra Burke, Sharon Czabafy, Karen Doster, Claudia Barone, Jamie Ostroff Rotating off: Michael Steinberg, Kimber Richter, Michael Anders, Carol Southard, Monica Sutton
Joint Commission Certification Measures
9/ 6/2011
7/1/11 The Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures includes...