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Leadership Academy for Wellness and Smoking Cessation

To get the latest updates on what’s happening nationally or in North Carolina, please join our google group!  This listserv will be dedicated to providing information related to tobacco use prevention and cessation for behavioral health consumers and staff.   More information to come……..


Why This Initiative is So Important

  • 44.3% of all cigarettes consumed are by people with mental and substance use disorders
  • 50% of all smokers will die as a result of smoking — including those with mental and substance use disorders.
  • 70% of the general population wants to quit –  people with behavioral health conditions have an equal interest.
  • Smoking is the biggest killer of people with behavioral health problems.
  • Smoking bans (e.g., smoke-free campuses) have no negative effect on behavioral health symptoms or management.
  • It is better to quit all addictions, including tobacco, up front. By doing so alcohol and other drug addiction outcomes improve by an average of 25%.

Smoking Out the Truth: Tobacco Use & Behavioral Health


Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

NC Department of Health and Human Services



A project of the Governor's Institute on Substance Abuse. Funded in part by the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Fund
(CFDA #93.959) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.

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