Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center Celebrates 25 years
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Aug. 28, 2013 — Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center(NDC) in Rochester is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As one of the first centers in the country to focus exclusively on treatments for tobacco dependence when it opened in 1988, the NDC has been at the forefront of the battle of nicotine addictionnationally as well as globally, offering the latest education and training programs, advancing research aimed at tobacco dependence interventions and offering treatment approaches to tobacco users.
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Impact of the Nicotine Dependence Center
More than 50,000 patients from 64 countries have been helped by the programs.
Its educational conferences, workshops and training programs have reached more than 15,000 health care professionals worldwide.
More than 1,300 health care providers have trained and become certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists.
More than 25,000 study subjects have participated in 110 randomized clinical trials and other research related to public health issues around tobacco, nicotine addiction, treatment approaches and drug therapy options.
This year, the NDC hosted its 20th annual internationaltobacco conference, an event that has drawn more than 4,000 attendees over the years.
The NDC played a leading role in the 1998 monumental legal fight in Minnesota against tobacco companies.