North Carolina is a Leader

Leadership Academy States

North Carolina was selected as one of seven leadership academies for wellness and smoking cessation through a partnership between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC).  Other states selected include Arizona, Arkansas, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Texas.

The objective of the leadership academies is to create a state-wide alliance among, public health, mental health, tobacco control, and addiction treatment departments.  These groups will be charged with producing an action plan that will promote smoke-free living and reduce smoking rates among behavioral health consumers and staff in each state selected.

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Become a Partner

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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