Behavioral Health

Cognitive behavioral therapy improves the success rate of smokers who are ready to quit. Behavioral interventions include individual face-to face, group, as well as telephone and on-line support. Your patient’s insurance company may have resources for cessation counseling. Encourage them to call their behavioral health resource to find out what is covered by their plan.

The 5 A’s Approach.pdf

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facts

  • When individuals receive treatment for nicotine dependence, alcohol, and other drugs at the same time, they increase the chances of long-term abstinence from alcohol and other drugs by up to 25% (source: smoking cessation leadership UCSF)
  • Smoking can complicate treatment by increasing the metabolism of certain psychiatric medications, resulting in the need for higher doses to get the same therapeutic benefit.  (source:
  • Persons with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders want to quit smoking and want information on cessation services and resources. (Morris CD, Giese JJ, Dickinson M, Johnson-Nagel N. 2006; Sullivan MA, Covey LS. 2002).
  • Evidence suggests that quitting smoking is associated with mental health benefits, including reductions in depression and anxiety and lower rates of re-hospitalization and suicide. (Morris CD, Giese JJ, Dickinson M, Johnson-Nagel N. 2006; Sullivan MA, Covey LS. 2002).

Education and Prevention


ASPIRE is a free, bilingual, online tobacco prevention and cessation curriculum for teens. It was developed by the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The interactive tool explains the dangers of tobacco and nicotine use, so teens never use tobacco products. Or, if they already do, ASPIRE provides information and ways to quit.

All Utah schools and peer courts can access ASPIRE under a memorandum of understanding with MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Utah Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program. Contact your local health department for more information or to enroll your school or contact Christal Dent.

ASPIRE is one option for evidence-based prevention education programs. Some local health departments may have additional programs.





Utah Tobacco Quit Line


Online Coaching


American Lung Association in Utah, Salt Lake City
1930 South 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT, 84106-2317
Telephone: (801) 484-4456
In Person
Online Program:

When: Monday 7:00 pm
Where: St. Joseph’s Villa
451 Bishop Federal Lane (500 East 1930 South)
1st Floor, Conference Room A
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Contact: Bill
Phone: (801) 292-5018




Utah Department of Health
PO Box 142106
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2106
Contact: Camille Cook
Telephone: (801) 538-6883

END is a tobacco cessation program designed especially for teens. The program builds skills and knowledge concerning tobacco use as well as focuses on developing a wide variety of social skills, including: communication, stress management, decision making, goal setting, nutrition and physical activity. The modules consist of techniques to influence teen tobacco users knowledge, attitudes, intentions, beliefs, self-awareness, and self-efficacy. END is appropriate for implementation in schools, community agencies, and juvenile court districts and is designed for use with junior and senior high school smokers and smokeless tobacco users.



Smokefree Teen helps youth stop using tobacco by providing information grounded in scientific evidence and offering free tools on their mobile phones. The text messaging program can help youth quit smoking, and the quitSTART app helps them become smokefree by providing helpful strategies for tackling cravings, bad moods, and other situations.

UTAH TOBACCO QUIT LINE (Available November 2018)

The Utah Tobacco Quit Line is a statewide telephone coaching service available to youth aged 13-18. A parental consent form must be on file at a local health department or school before a youth can access services. If a youth is required by the juvenile court system to participate in the Quit Line, a parental consent form is not needed. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is not provided to youth.

To connect with local behavioral health resources visit