Tobacco-free Toolkit for Behavioral Health Agencies
The purpose of this toolkit is to provide guidance for substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities adopting tobacco-free policies and implementing cessation services as part of treatment plans. Tobacco use remains one of the leading causes of death among Americans. Tobacco use causes a number of devastating and debilitating diseases, including stroke, emphysema and many kinds of cancers. The single most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking; tobacco-free policies are important components of creating an environment that is conducive to quitting. This work is an integral part of a larger strategy to promote wellness among the behavioral health population. Whether your facility is a shelter, a residential recovery home, an outpatient clubhouse, community center or clinic, the guidance contained in this document will assist your organization with planning, rolling out and sustaining tobacco policies.
THIS TOOLKIT PROVIDES:
- General information on tobacco addiction and how to provide cessation services
- How tobacco impacts the behavioral health population
- Step-by-step guidance on how to prepare for and implement a tobacco-free policy in your facility
- Ways of incorporating additional wellness activities and strategies