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Tobacco-related illness is a leading cause of death for people in substance use disorder and mental health recovery. In response, the Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance and the State Tobacco Recovery Free Initiative are hosting a virtual tobacco recovery lunch and learn at 12:00 pm Thursday, July 27, for anyone interested in tobacco recovery.

Registration is required. Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Recognizing the range of tobacco and nicotine addiction severity, this session will teach participants about individualized replacement coping skills. It also will help participants to define the physical, behavioral, and emotional reasons individuals smoke and develop an individualized approach to managing tobacco-free living.

Discussion will focus on:

  • Understanding the nature of tobacco addiction;
  • Ways to relieve craving and withdrawal;
  • Proactive strategies to adapt to behavior change; and
  • Identification of how to support family members who use tobacco.

Tony Klein, MPA, NCACII, is the presenter. He has more than 30 years of administrative and clinical experience in behavioral health services and is known for his work as an advocate for addressing tobacco use disorder by using evidence-based practice guidelines anchored in solution-focused recovery principles.