For Health Care Providers

We’ve completely redesigned the way you can engage your patients and communities regarding the 5As (brief interventions for tobacco treatment) and 5Rs (motivational interviewing for tobacco treatment readiness) and Tobacco Treatment Pharmacotherapy Options.

Here is an infographic with the 5As: a brief intervention for tobacco treatment. The 5 major steps are Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.


This infographic defines the 5Rs: a motivational interviewing for tobacco treatment readiness. These 5 steps are to motivate those who smoke and are unwilling to quit. The 5 R's are: Relevance, Risks, Rewards, Roadblocks, and Repetition. 


This moving graphic (gif) explains the 5A’s. It is great for sharing on informative social media or for use on a TV screen in a health office.

This gif explains the 5R’s. It is also great for sharing on informative social media or for use on a TV screen in a health office.

This infographic is a quick reference tool for healthcare providers to view tobacco treatment pharmacotherapy options as well as nicotine withdrawal management pharmacotherapy. It also includes a quick guide to a best practice evidence-based clinician approach. 

This brief presents the tobacco use disparities among individuals living with mental illness. Tobacco use hinders recovery by increasing poor physical health outcomes, exacerbating mental health symptoms, causing individuals to have less expendable income, and presenting challenges to affordable housing.



Additional Behavioral Health and Tobacco Policy and Treatment Resources From Our Partners

BH The Change

BH The Change is a searchable depository of tobacco related resources funded by the CDC.

Toolkit: Enhance your State's Tobacco Cessation Efforts among the Behavioral Health Population

  • This toolkit provides background on tobacco use in the BH population and recommended methods for creating change.

Why Tobacco and Behavioral Health?

  • ​An infographic outlining the severity of tobacco use in behavioral health populations. 

Guide for Implementing Tobacco Cessation in Behavioral Health Populations

  • A downloadable toolkit for Program Directors and Clinicians that can help clinicians implement a tobacco cessation program for individuals with serious mental illness.


Behavioral Health and Wellness Program

BH Wellness Projects

  • View Projects by the BH WELLNESS team.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Tobacco Use and Quitting Among Individuals with Behavioral Health Conditions

  • This home page provides resources for individuals living with mental and behavioral health challenges who want to stop tobacco use.

What We Know: Tobacco Use and Quitting Among Individuals With Behavioral Health Conditions​

  • Facts about stopping smoking while having a behavioral health condition.
  • View the same information as an infographic.

Promising Policies And Practices To Address Tobacco Use By Persons With Mental And Substance Use Disorders

  • ​Policies and practices to consider implementing with individuals living with mental and behavioral health challenges who want to stop tobacco use.

Personal Story of Rebecca M.

  • Rebecca M., age 57, lives in Florida, is a single mother, grandmother, and avid runner. She was diagnosed with depression at age 33 and smoked cigarettes to cope. The more Rebecca smoked, the harder she felt it was to quit. Rebecca finally quit smoking for good at age 52 after getting care for her depression. She now leads a smokefree life.
  • 3 Videos of Rebecca including her tip to those wanting to stop tobacco use, her explaining the vicious cycle of smoking in her journey, and the "new me". 
  • Information on Depression and Anxiety and the link to smoking.

Tips from Former Smokers Campaign 

  • Tips Campaign from Former Smokers with Mental Health Conditions. 

Patient Care | Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • Resources about treating tobacco dependence not specific to behavioral health.

Patient Cessation Resources

  • Resources to help you start a conversation with patients about tobacco cessation in the general population. 

Clinical Cessation Tools

  • Evidence and clinical guidelines for treating patient tobacco use for the general population. 

Smoking and Mental Health: Five Things Every Health Care Provider Should Know

  • A 1-page document with 5 important realities about patients with mental illness who smoke.

Mental Health Home Page

Smoking and Tobacco Use Home Page

  • Visit this page to find fact sheets, data, shareable content, and other tools. 

Multimedia & Tools Home Page 

  • Search this depository for infographics and other shareable media related to smoking and tobacco use. 

Adult Tobacco Use Infographic

  • View this infographic detailing tobacco use by American adults.

Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Multiunit Housing

  • An infographic detailing secondhand smoke exposure in multiunit housing.
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Harmful Chemicals in Secondhand Smoke

  • Secondhand smoke and the harmful chemicals in it are known causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SUDS), respiratory infections, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children. They are also causes of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer in adult nonsmokers.

E-cigarette Use in Public Places

  • A flyer on E-cigarette Use in Public Places.

Director's Briefing: Smoking among Adults with Mental Illness

  • A brief video giving background on tobacco use by individuals living with mental and behavioral health challenges.

What to Tell your Patients about Smoking

  • A flyer detailing how to tell your patients about smoking and help them stop tobacco use.


National Cancer Institute

Handling Nicotine Withdrawal and Triggers for When you Decide to Stop Tobacco Use

  • Information and numerous links to additional resources for what to expect when stopping tobacco use. 


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Tobacco/ Nicotine and Vaping Home Page

  • View research and related media and resources related to tobacco on this page.

Research Report: Tobacco, Nicotine, and E-Cigarette Use


National Jewish Health

Coping with Stress when Quitting Tobacco

  • Stopping tobacco use can be stressful. This infographic gives tips on coping with this stress.

Health Concerns Related to Smoking and Tobacco Use

  • Information about smoking and tobacco use not specific to behavioral health.

Educational Infographics related to Health Impacts about Tobacco Use

  • A collection of infographics regarding the health impacts of tobacco use.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Visit SAMHSA's home page.

Visit SAMHSA's Behavioral Health Treatments and Services page.

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs 

  • View data, resources, and other links related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. 

Tips for Teens - Tobacco Use

  • An infographic on teen tobacco use.

Tips for Teens - E-cigarette Use

  • An infographic on teen e-cigarette use.

Implementing Tobacco Cessation Programs in a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Setting

  • A guide for clinicians and program directors with an overview of challenges and tips for cessation program implementation.

Synar Program 

  • The Synar Amendment requires states to have laws prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco products to minors. Visit this page to learn more.


Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program, Kentucky Department for Public Health

Visit their home page and their Quitting Tobacco page.


Truth Initiative

Vaping Nicotine and Mental Health Infographic

News Article: Tobacco is a Social Justice Issue

  • This brief article discusses the reality that a disproportionately high rate (1 of 3) of adults with mental illness use tobacco products as opposed to 1 in 5 adults without mental illness.

Colliding Crises: Youth Mental Health and Nicotine Use

  • A downloadable report on the connection between nicotine and mental health concerns. 

What you Need to Know to Quit Smoking

  • Facts and methods about stopping tobacco use. 

The Impact of Secondhand Smoke

  • Fact sheet surrounding secondhand smoke. 

Tobacco Use in the Military

  • Information on trends and policy efforts surrounding tobacco use in the US Military.


UCSF Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

Explore their project: The National Partnership on Behavioral Health and Tobacco Use



Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training 

  • An online training to equip health care providers with evidence-based tools to treat tobacco dependence in a range of settings. 

How to Get Benefits for Quitting Tobacco in Kentucky 

  • 5 practical steps for Kentuckians to receive medicine and counseling to help stop tobacco use. 

Providing Quitline Services is a Smart Investment 

  • Support for why to offer a Quitline.