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Technical assistance with implementing Smart about Tobacco programs is available through  Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Center for Health and Human Services.  There is NO COST to use the program materials and to access training online.   CMEs for physicians and CEUs for nurses are available at no cost through November 19, 2017 (CMEs) and November19, 2018 (CEUs).   

MTSU Center for Health and Human Services  offers consulting services and technical assistance for providers who  would like to host live training sessions for staff, provide patient incentives, develop an evaluation component to assess outcomes, and offer staff support for implementing the programs. Please contact us  through the contact information provided below to discuss pricing and to develop a package that meets your needs.

Services Offered

Depending on the level of services requested as well as budget, private practices, local clinics, health departments, and community organizations may receive:  

  • Live or online training sessions with continuing education credits  (CEUs and CMEs) – this includes an initial introductory training session  followed by quarterly “Get SMARTER” sessions for continued updates and  new topic information as well as information exchange and dialogue for  staff and practitioners;
  •  Ordering, handling, and maintaining supplies of materials and supplies to implement the program;
  •  Weekly “coaching” with staff to assess progress, problem-solve, and address questions and concerns;
  •  Coordination of all evaluation activities;
  •  Development of final report that includes outcomes;
  • Outreach to other providers to implement SMART Moms or Smile SMART,  fostering collaborative opportunities and partnerships between community partners;
  • Maintenance of a dedicated section of SMART Moms or Smile SMART website specifically for the local clinic, or medical/dental practice;
  • Assistance with follow-up to assess compliance and encourage continued use of SMART Moms and Smile SMART program materials and methods including using the Tennessee Tobacco  Quitline as a resource;
  • Technical assistance in implementing the program.

Contact the MTSU Center for Health and Human Services staff at 615-898-5493 or CHHS Grants Coordinator at 615-494-8986 if  you are interested in implementing SMART Moms or Smile SMART in your healthcare practice, county or  community center, or e-mail us at   

Providers CAN make a difference!

During the piloted SMART Moms project, 24.4% of the 13,285 patients who tried to quit smoking were able to quit smoking.  This exceeds the success rates found in similar settings.  

Source: Windsor, R.A., Lowe, JB, Perkins, LL, et al; Health education for pregnant smokers:  its behavioral impact and cost benefit:  American Journal of Public Health 1993; 83:201-206.

It doesn't take a lot of time.

It is suggested that even brief interventions by  clinicians to assist in smoking cessation have a positive  effect, and that interventions have an impact independent  of whether the patient is interested in quitting smoking or  not.

Despite the relative absence of tobacco cessation practices in dental offices, dentists are in a good position to provide cessation assistance due to the regularity of visits 

Sources:   Women and Smoking:  A Report of the Surgeon General, 2001.  Accessed 8/29/2017. 

 Albert, D. A., Severson, H., Gordon, J., Ward, A., Andrews, J., & Sadowsky, D. (2005). Tobacco attitudes, practices, and behaviors: A survey of dentists participating in managed care. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 7 (1), S9-S18.  

Albert, D., Ward, A., Ahluwalia, K., & Sadowsky, D. (2002). Addressing tobacco in managed care: A survey of dentists' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. American Journal Of Public Health, 92(6), 997-1001. 


Gordon, J. S., Lichtenstein, E., Severson, H. H., & Andrews, J. A. (2006). Tobacco cessation in dental settings:

Research findings and future directions. Drug And Alcohol Review, 25(1), 27-37.