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Addressing tobacco use in behavioral health settings is possible and can be successful when organizations
take a comprehensive approach. It is essential to build the foundational skills, support and
communication necessary to change the culture, motivate new behavior, and provide hope. It involves the combination of integrating evidence-based
tobacco treatment services with tobacco-free campus policies.
Many best practice resources are
available to assist your organization in this journey. Free technical assistance is available from the Mecklenburg County Public Health tobacco control team. Customized trainings (in person or virtual) can be provided to your agency staff. Clinical staff trainings are approximately 3 hours in length and can be delivered on one day or split between two days. To request a training, contact Kim Bayha.
Transitioning your agency to tobacco-free is a journey. Click here for a Road Map to a Tobacco Free OrganizationREVISED_7.21.22.pptx that you can customize for your organization.
An excellent place to begin is with the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco
& Cancer Control (NBHN), operated by the
National Council for Mental WellBeing.
Download the infographic: How to Implement a Tobacco-Free Policy
See sample Tobacco-Free Campus Policy from McLeod Addictive Disease Center.