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Tobacco-free Toolkit for Behavioral Health Agencies

June 23, 2022

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.



  • 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


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SAMHSA’s National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery
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