Contingency Management to Promote Smoking Cessation in People Experiencing Homelessness

(41 minutes)

Webinar Description: Cigarette smoking is disproportionately high among people experiencing homelessness (PEH). Contingency management (CM) is a strategy that has shown considerable efficacy for smoking cessation and has been used in short-term studies of smoking abstinence in PEH. In this webinar, Dr. Vijayaraghavan describes a pilot, pragmatic randomized controlled trial protocol, which leverages an electronic health record (EHR) infrastructure to assess the feasibility and acceptability of an extended CM intervention to improve long-term abstinence in PEH.

Presenter: Maya Vijayaraghavan, MD, MAS

Video Courtesy Of Smoking Cessation Leadership Council, Univ. of California San Francisco

Motivational Interviewing to Enhance Youth Tobacco Cessation

(47 Minutes)

Our presenter, Pam Pietruszewski, MA, describes motivational interviewing (MI) techniques that enhance tobacco cessation treatment services for youth. Ms. Pietruszewski explains and gives examples on how to use MI skills to engage and assist young persons to reflect on their choices regarding tobacco use and vaping nicotine. 

Pam Pietruszewski, MA Senior Advisor, Member of the MI Network of Trainers (MINT), National Council for Mental Wellbeing

[email protected]

Video Courtesy of the National Behavioral Health Network

Developing Effective Partnerships to Treat Tobacco Addiction

in Behavioral Health Settings (1 Hr. 6 Min)

Webinar Description: The expert panel discusses new ways to develop key partnerships that will help move health systems change forward, expand reach, and increase access toward tobacco treatment and recovery. The presenters also identify challenges faced by a statewide system of behavioral health centers as they transitioned to becoming tobacco-free facilities and explore two methods for integrating tobacco cessation across a behavioral health system.

Presenters: Heath Holt Hayes, MA, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Christian Barnes-Young, MS, LPC, Division of Community Mental Health Services, South Carolina Department of Mental Health Regina F. Smith, MS, Indiana Department of Health

Video Courtesy Of Smoking Cessation Leadership Council, Univ. of California San Francisco

E-Cigarettes and Smoking Cessation

An Update for Clinicians

This timely webinar examines the public health risks and benefits of e-cigarette use and reviews recent clinical trial data about the risks and efficacy of e-cigarette use for smoking cessation. The presenter, Nancy A. Rigotti, MD from Harvard Medical School, describes evidence-based plans for discussing e-cigarette use with behavioral health members. 

Video courtesy of Smoking Cessation Leadership Council, University of California, San Francisco

Medication Assisted Treatment for Smoking Cessation

For persons with mental health disorders.

Comparison of Varenicline, Bupropion & NRT

Chad Morris, Ph.D. explores the benefits of FDA-approved pharmacological treatments for tobacco cessation including varenicline (Chantix™).  Dr. Morris reviews the early controversy surrounding the use of bupropion and varenicline and discusses the evidence for current best practices in tobacco cessation medications for individuals with behavioral health disorders. 

Video Courtesy of The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control and the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program at the University of Colorado.

Breathe Easy: Smoke-Free Recovery Lowers the Risk of Relapse

Webinar Description: Experts examine the link between cigarette smoking and substance use relapse rates, explore the tobacco industry’s role in creating addiction, and discuss guidance on how to quit smoking safely and affordably. Participants will also review why long-term substance use treatment outcomes are better for those who quit smoking. There are 4 parts to this video: Part 1: The problem of Tobacco (Start); Part 2: Recovery & Tobacco (21:38); Part 3: Offering Support in SUD Treatment (30:36); Part 4: Support for Quitting (54:06)

Presenters: Mario Nanos, Families Against Narcotics [FAN]; Cliff Douglas, Ph.D., University of Michigan; Caravella McCuistian, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco; Alena Williams, LMSW, NCTTP, University of Michigan.

 Video Courtesy of: Washtenaw Families Against Narcotics; U-M Tobacco Research Network, University of Michigan 

Tobacco: Mental Wellbeing & Recovery

A Useful Overview of Issues Affecting Recovery (47 min.)

Webinar Description:  Tamanna Patel, MPH and Samara Tahmid from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing describe ways tobacco control intersects with health equity, especially for persons with behavioral health diagnoses. The presenters challenge learners to reimagine ways to frame tobacco use in mental health, addiction, and recovery. Tamanna and Samara also review tools to enhance person-centered tobacco control and cessation efforts.


Tamanna Patel, MPH

Director, Practice Improvement

Samara Tahmid

Project Manager, Practice Improvement

Hope Rothenberg

Project Coordinator, Practice Improvement


Video Courtesy Of: National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Master Class: Tobacco, Stigma, Shame, and Biases

Managing stigma, shame & biases (1 hr. 47 min.)

Webinar Description:  Dr. Satterfield and Mr. Bottner define and discuss the history and impact of shame and stigma on individuals who use tobacco and have a mental health and/or substance use challenge. They describe the social, psychological, and cultural processes that create self-stigmatization, social stigma, and structural stigma, and how each might influence access to and engagement with high-quality treatment. They also describe ways healthcare providers and health systems propagate stigma and shame-mediated health disparities related to mental health and substance use, including tobacco and alcohol dependence. Throughout the webinar, you will explore and apply methods to reduce stigma through empowerment and systems structure improvements to implement steps to reduce stigma within your organization and communities and promote smoking cessation and treatment.

Jason M. Satterfield, PhD

Professor of Clinical Medicine 

University of California, San Francisco

Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant

Department of Internal Medicine

Dell Seton Medical Center, University of Texas at Austin

Video Courtesy of National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Tobacco Cessation and the Criminal Justice System

A great overview by two experts!

Chad Morris, Ph.D., and Jim Pavlik, MA discuss common environmental, psychological, and social factors contributing to increased tobacco use among justice-involved individuals. You’ll learn about an evidence-based intervention model for effectively serving the tobacco cessation needs of justice-involved individuals. Dr. Morris and Mr. Pavlik describe how tobacco cessation for justice-involved individuals can be integrated into a person-centered health neighborhood and identify an actionable short-term goal for integrating tobacco use assessment, brief intervention, and referral to treatment into correctional settings.

Chad Morris, PhD | Jim Pavlik, MA

University of Colorado Behavioral Health & Wellness Program

 Video courtesy of National Council for Mental Wellbeing; Behavioral Health & Wellness Program, University of Colorado

Tobacco, Race and Ethnicity (43 min.)

An in-depth look at issues affecting tobacco use in minority communities.

Dr. Perez-Stable explores the relationship between tobacco use and the health disparities of minority communities. Dr. Perez-Stable also discusses the biological effects of tobacco use and its interactions with COVID-19. Lastly, Dr. Perez-Stable will discuss how structural determinants and policies affect the delivery of smoking cessation interventions for persons in minority communities. 

Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD

Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco

LGBTQ+ Tobacco Use

New Tends, Tips & Resources

Watch this timely video to discover best practices for reaching persons in the LGBTQ+ community who are interested in quitting tobacco.

Addressing Tobacco Use with a Trauma-Informed, Resilience-Oriented Approach

This webinar explores strategies for providing support in quitting tobacco to persons who have experienced trauma. The importance of fostering resilience as a therapeutic intervention is highlighted.

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