“Business or Exploitation?” Exposure of the tobacco industry’s exploitation of individuals with mental health conditions co-hosted with the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control, and the Truth Initiative


60 Minutes

Webinar Speakers

Judith (Jodi) Prochaska, PhD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Stanford Cancer Institute

Dr. Prochaska is a licensed clinical psychologist, educator, researcher, and expert in the treatment of tobacco dependence. She is a past president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT).

Margaret Jaco Manecke, MSSW

Project Manager, Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health, Project Manager for National Behavioral Health Network

Margaret Jaco Manecke, MSSW is a behavioral health professional who currently serves as Project Manager, Practice Improvement at the National Council for Behavioral Health. In this role, Margaret provides project management and other direct support to multiple practice improvement and leadership programs, including CDC-funded initiatives and the National Council’s public health portfolio. Ms. Manecke provides project direction and writing support for other federal and state grant proposals, and serves as the Project Manager for the CDC-funded National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control. Also at the National Council, Margaret previously served on the Mental Health First Aid team, providing critical support for the National Council’s premier mental health public education program. Prior to joining the National Council, Margaret served in various positions for behavioral health and advocacy organizations, including extensive work in the realms of affordable and public housing, Medicaid, and public policy analysis.

Ashley Persie

Senior Brand Marketing Associate, Truth Initiative

As a Senior Brand Marketing Associate at Truth Initiative, Ashley supports the strategic planning and execution of truth®, the national youth tobacco prevention campaign. Over the past five years at Truth Initiative, she’s worked on multiple facets of the campaign including TV and digital extensions, partner integrations, and social activations. When she’s not working to create the first tobacco-free generation, Ashley can be found running around DC. She received a bachelor’s degree in film and media arts with a minor in business administration from American University.

Webinar Objectives
  1. Explain why people with mental health conditions (depression and ADHD, for example) and substance use disorders have been historically targeted by the tobacco industry.

  2. State whether adults with mental health conditions and substance use disorders smoke more than adults without those conditions.

  3. Describe the morbidity rates of people with mental health conditions and name specific causes of death that can be attributed to tobacco use.

  4. Explain the impact of the truth® campaign among its target audience.

  5. Describe evidence-based approaches for treating tobacco use and tobacco addiction in persons with co-occurring mental illness.

  6. Describe how you can leverage the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control’s tools, resources, and network to combat tobacco use & cancer disparities among individuals with mental illnesses and addictions and network members.

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