Welcome to Rethink Tobacco Indiana
Rethink Tobacco Indiana is a statewide initiative aimed at creating awareness and systems of change around tobacco use treatment in behavioral health settings.
Who We Are
Rethink Tobacco Indiana (formerly Bringing Indiana Along), is a statewide initiative aimed at bringing tobacco awareness to the field of behavioral health. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.1 Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
The population most affected by these statistics lacks access to evidence-based tobacco use treatment. Rethink Tobacco Indiana is working to change that for Hoosiers.
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who we serve
Grant funded since 2008, by the Indiana Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Commission, Rethink Tobacco Indiana provides training and technical assistance for community mental health centers (CMHCs), addiction treatment centers, and transitional housing programs. Rethink Tobacco Indiana provides the following activities and resources at no cost:
- Policy development and implementation technical assistance
- Tobacco treatment integration technical assistance
- Educational webinars
- Onsite trainings for behavioral health professionals
- Tobacco Treatment Toolkits
- Model policies for tobacco-free grounds
- Assistance for implementing employer-sponsored tobacco treatment and benefits for employees of behavioral health centers
Our Goals and Objectives
Reduce the prevalence of tobacco use among persons with mental health diagnoses or substance abuse disorders.
Provide technical assistance to change systems of care, including community mental health centers, addiction treatment centers as well as recovery programs and residences.
Increase the proportion of tobacco-free campus policies for hospitals, health care centers, community mental health centers, and addiction treatment centers.
Educate current and future healthcare providers to implement recommendations set forth in the 2008 (updated) Clinical Practice Guideline for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence through broad-scale dissemination efforts that include in-person and interactive web-based trainings.
Increase the number of worksites that provide employer-sponsored tobacco treatment services and benefits for employees who use tobacco products.
At Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, our message is that addiction is a disease, treatment works and recovery is possible. This is true for tobacco as well. Working in the field of addiction, this gets overlooked consistently. Deaths related to tobacco are significantly higher than any illicit substance, yet gets the least attention. People need access to medication and other lifesaving interventions. I’m glad that here in Indiana, we have people like Debi and Kayla spreading this message and educating the people of Indiana.
I believe tobacco treatment is essential to recovery.
You know, we have had data on recovery rates for addiction to alcohol and drugs with tobacco cessation as part of the entire recovery plan for many years. 25% better chance of long term recovery with tobacco cessation and I don’t see our industry making tobacco cessation a standard of care? Let’s hope this changes, and soon. Tell me any other single behavior that has such an impact on long term recovery!
Tobacco may seem harmless due to not having the quick detrimental effects as other drugs like; heroin, crack, and alcohol, but tobacco use is linked to killing more and costing more than all substance use put together. Unfortunately, children are some of those affected, not just through smoking themselves, rather by second and third hand smoke. Tobacco Use Disorder (DSM 5 2013) is treatable and increases the chance of long term recovery by 25% when treated with other substance use disorders based off a meta-analysis of smoking cessation (Prochaska 2004).