WEBINAR -- Getting to Smoke-Free: Effective strategies to implement smoking cessation in behavioral health treatment

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Effective strategies to implement smoking cessation in behavioral health treatment 



Webinar sponsored by the American Psychological Association.

Smoking rates are significantly higher in people with mental health or substance use disorders, leading to higher rates of smoking-related health problems and deaths. Incorporating smoking cessation into mental health and addiction treatment has become increasingly important, and most treatment and medical care facilities are now required to be smoke-free. This webinar will show how to best implement smoke-free policies that not only comply with legal and policy mandates but also therapeutically benefit your clients.  


  • Summarize the research on the relationship between smoking and behavioral health problems, and its impact on overall health and recovery. 
  • Present a case study describing how smoking cessation was implemented in a public behavioral health treatment system identifying barriers and opportunities: the Philadelphia experience.
  • Identify effective strategies and policies to implementing smoking cessation interventions into mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities.  
  • Learn about national/state initiatives and national data trends regarding tobacco use among persons with mental and substance use disorders.  




Douglas Jorenby, PhD
Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine Section
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Carol S. Larach, DrPH, MPH, MSEd
Director of Integrated Care, Community Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA


Li-Shiun Chen, MD, MPH, ScD 
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO

Douglas Tipperman, MSW 
Public Health Analyst/Tobacco Policy Liaison, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD