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 resources and contact your regional and local tobacco control staff for free assistance.

Learn about upcoming trainings

Did you know? Starting July 1, 2022 North Carolina Standard and Tailored Prepaid Health Plans that serve people with Medicaid or who are uninsured will require contracted medical, behavioral health, and some intellectual/developmental disabilities** (IDD)/traumatic brain injury (TBI) organizations to provide a 100% tobacco-free campus. 

Check out the provider memo released by NC Medicaid about this 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. 

**Retail pharmacies are excluded from this requirement. Certain residential IDD/TBI service organizations have a different tobacco policy requirement. Click here for more information for IDD/TBI service providers.