Professional Education and Resources

Professional Education and Resources

We hope these resources are helpful whether you are beginning the process of integrating commercial tobacco treatment and/or implementing tobacco-free grounds policies or are well underway in this journey.

If you have questions about the Lung Mind Alliance, contact Alex Dusek at 651-268-7612 or [email protected].


Lungs and Minds at Work Animated Short

Lungs and Minds at Work is a resource to use in reaching out to mental health and substance use treatment providers. The video encourages decision makers to feel empowered and confident to move forward in improving the health and well-being of clients and staff by integrating tobacco treatment and implementing tobacco-free grounds policies.

Lungs and Minds at Work Animated Short User Guide for Minnesota’s Local Public Health Professionals

Learn more about how to use the Lungs and Minds at Work animated short in your community.

Download user guide

Lung Mind Alliance User Guide

Changing social norms about commercial tobacco treatment and tobacco-free grounds policies

Designed for Minnesota's mental health and substance use disorder professionals, these downloadable documents help build understanding about myths and facts about helping clients get healthy by offering tobacco treatment, providing healthy facilities by adopting tobacco-free grounds policies, and how this is a path to fulfilling your organization's mission.

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Tips From The Field Guide

Our newest resource, How to Address Tobacco Use in Minnesota's Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services: TIPS FROM THE FIELD, was written by Minnesota mental health and substance use disorder professionals. This guide provides easy-to-follow information and resources to help others incorporate tobacco treatment and support services.

View guide and accompanying handouts here.

Tobacco Dependence Tips

Billing Resources

A Toolkit to Address Tobacco Use in Behavioral Health Settings: A Guide for Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Professionals

This toolkit was developed for a broad continuum of mental health and substance use treatment professionals in an initial stage of considering how their organization can address tobacco. It contains information and step-by-step instructions, including:

  • Low burden means of assessing readiness to quit
  • Tobacco treatment
  • Strategies for implementing policy
  • Strategies to increase tobacco treatments opportunities and success
  • Referral to community resources

Handouts you can use with the people you serve:

Health isn't the only reason people who smoke are motivated to quit. These pieces outline other reasons to consider quitting tobacco.

  • Mental Health: Tobacco use contributes to stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Residential Treatment: choosing a treatment program that has tobacco-free grounds and provides tobacco treatment provides more comprehensive services to support your recovery.
  • Social Justice: Tobacco use is not an equal opportunity killer…it’s a social justice issue.
  • Substance Use Disorder: Those who address tobacco along with other substance use disorder treatment have a 25% greater chance of long-term recovery.
  • Employment: People who smoke have a harder time finding employment and earn an average of $5 less per hour than those who don’t smoke.

  • Housing: People may have a harder time finding housing that allows tobacco use.

  • Medications + Coaching: Using a combination of medications and counseling to help quit tobacco will give you the best chance at success.

  • Pets: Tobacco smoke can give your pet asthma, respiratory problems, and cancer.

  • COVID-19: People who smoke are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Frequently Asked Questions for Residents of Smokefree Housing


Learning About Healthy Living Curriculum

This treatment manual, designed to be used in a group setting was developed by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Division of Addiction Psychiatry. It provides a format to address tobacco for people who smoke with series mental illness who are either prepared to quit smoking or who are simply contemplating quitting in the future.

Learn more about Learning About Healthy Living curriculum.


American Lung Association Freedom from Smoking

The American Lung Association has been helping people quit smoking for over 35 years through Freedom From Smoking®. Ranked as one of the most effective programs in the country, Freedom From Smoking has helped hundreds of thousands individuals quit smoking for good and is now available in a variety of formats.

Learn more about Freedom From Smoking.


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