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Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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704-336-4700

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Tobacco-Free Behavioral Health 

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Historically individuals with mental health or substance use disorders have been targeted by the tobacco industry and have had limited access to tobacco treatment and other proven tobacco reduction strategies, resulting in deep-rooted tobacco disparities. The Change for Life initiative aims to change this narrative. 

Research shows that integrating tobacco-use treatment into behavioral health programs can boost chances of long-term recovery and improve mental health while dramatically reducing health risks and chronic disease. Tobacco-free campuses are also healthier for employees and visitors.

Change for Life: Tobacco-Free Recovery empowers behavioral health organizations to:

  • Adopt and implement tobacco-free campus policies.
  • Integrate best practice tobacco treatment into ongoing services.
  • Employ shared messaging that supports a positive tobacco-free culture of care for clients and staff. 


Helping patients quit and remain abstinent from smoking can result in a 25% increased likelihood of sustained recovery from the use of alcohol and other drugs. -- Prochaska et al, 2004



A Journey to Tobacco-free Recovery

Mary Ward, President, McLeod Addictive Disease Center

 

Breathe Easy NC, Becoming Tobacco FreeMost North Carolina Medicaid beneficiaries and service providers will be able to breathe easy soon, knowing that when they seek care or go to work, the air will be free from secondhand smoke. Beginning July 1, 2022, North Carolina Standard and Tailored Prepaid Health Plans serving Medicaid and uninsured patients will require contracted medical, behavioral health, and some intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD)/traumatic brain injury (TBI) organizations to provide a 100% tobacco-free campus.

Breathe Easy NC: Becoming Tobacco Free is the statewide initiative created to support this policy change. Service providers can visit BreatheEasyNC.org for the resources and information providers will need to take campuses tobacco-free and integrate tobacco use treatment into their services.



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For more information about joining the Change for Life: Tobacco-Free Recovery Coalition or questions about resources, contact Kim Bayha at Kimberly.Bayha@MeckNC.gov.




Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:


Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

MAP

HOW ARE WE DOING?

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Please do not send confidential information
via email.


704-336-4700

Key Initiatives

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