100 Pioneers

Focusing on making tobacco-free living part of recovery for people with mental health and substance use disorders

Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders.

Welcome to the 100 Pioneers for Smoking Cessation Virtual Leadership Academy web page and congratulations to the founding members. It is thanks to these pioneering agencies that have made tobacco-free living part of recovery that more and more mental health and drug treatment facilities are choosing to go tobacco-free and to offer cessation services to their clients and staff who smoke.  

The 100 Pioneers for Smoking Cessation Virtual Leadership Academy is part of a campaign jointly sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and SCLC, University of California, San Francisco.


The purpose of the webinar series is to enhance the technical assistance portion of the Virtual Leadership Academy by having nationally recognized smoking cessation experts, offer the latest information related to smoking cessation for behavioral health populations including effective interventions. There have now been over 30 webinars covering a range of topics around tobacco addiction and recovery.

SAMHSA Tobacco-Free Campaign Goals:

  • Provide training and technical assistance to SAMHSA grantees to raise awareness of the many benefits smoking cessation efforts and to increase understanding of effective smoking cessation strategies.
  • Implement or enhance existing tobacco cessation services using evidence-based practices.
  • Ensure that consumers and staff have access to smoking cessation services and supports to promote health and wellness.
  • Establish partnerships between behavioral health and nicotine cessation organizations to increase available tobacco cessation resources in communities.


For more information, visit SAMHSA's page on implementing tobacco cessation programs.