Dr. Zim Okoli Speaks at Tobacco Tax Media Event, Calls for Higher Cigarette Tax with members of BREATHE.

Supporters of a higher cigarette tax in Kentucky, including members of the College of Nursing BREATHE (Bridging Research Efforts and Advocacy Toward Health Environments) Team, rallied at the State Capitol in Frankfort on Thursday, February 8, 2018. 

Educational Materials


Tailored tobacco treatment educational materials are available to health professionals. These materials will serve as aids to health professionals working with anyone who wants to stop smoking and stop using other nicotine products. These resources were specifically designed to support individuals living with mental and behavioral health challenges who want to stop smoking and who want to stop using other nicotine products.

This policy brief summarizes tobacco treatment policies and practices for Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) in Kentucky. CMHC's provide services to people living with mental illness. Based on CDC estimates, adults with mental illness consume about 41% of all tobacco products. 

Here you will find training materials related to the effects of tobacco use. This includes presentations by Dr. Okoli and a testimonial of a teenage Juul user from North Carolina.

These additional resources include the Stanford Tobacco Prevention toolkit, BREATHE's online tobacco treatment specialist training, and a link to the Truth Initiative project.

View tools for health care providers to help patients using tobacco begin tobacco dependence treatment and the tools for those using tobacco who want to quit.

Here you will find media resources including a PSA series about teenage Juul use and a brief KET segment about tobacco dependence treatment being essential to mental health recovery.

Behavioral Health Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training