An initiative to support North Carolinians with behavioral health conditions, intellectual or developmental disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries in becoming tobacco* free through working with service providers.

What happens when a North Carolina service provider goes tobacco free?
Or when a person with a behavioral health condition quits smoking?

Breathe Easy NC: Becoming Tobacco Free helps service providers to integrate tobacco use treatment and take campuses tobacco free.

Check out our policy and treatment pages and contact your regional and local tobacco control staff for free assistance.

Learn about upcoming trainings

Looking for a specific resource? Check out our resource index

Change for Life: Tobacco-Free Recovery NC

Learn from peer agencies how they help their clients succeed, tobacco-free!

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A coalition of behavioral health, healthcare & disability service organizations working to implement a best-practice, tobacco-free culture of care. Learn more.

Did you know? North Carolina Standard Plans, Tailored Plans, and LME/MCOs that serve people with Medicaid or who are uninsured will require most contracted medical, behavioral health, and some intellectual/developmental disabilities** (IDD)/traumatic brain injury (TBI) organizations to provide a 100% tobacco-free campus, by July 1, 2025.

Check out the most recent Medicaid Bulletin that notes the date change to July 1, 2025. Refer to this Medicaid Bulletin released by NC Medicaid for full information about the requirement.

*References to tobacco or tobacco use treatment on this website, refer to the use of commercial tobacco products. Traditional tobacco used by some American Indians and Alaska Natives is different from commercial tobacco. Traditional tobacco is sacred and should be respected. Learn more about the difference between traditional and commercial tobacco.