Breathe Easy Tobacco Free Training Registration Update

The early bird registration deadline was extended to today (9/8/21) for early bird pricing for Nov 17th Breath Easy NC Becoming Tobacco Free Training . Scholarships may be available to cover the tuition cost of the training per below

  • Cumberland County Providers can apply here
  • Durham County providers can reach out to Natalie Rich at [email protected]

Just a reminder:

Most NC Medicaid beneficiaries and service providers will be able to breathe easy by next summer, knowing that when they seek care or go to work, the air will be free from secondhand smoke.

Starting July 1, 2022, North Carolina Standard and Tailored Prepaid Health Plans serving Medicaid and uninsured patients will require contracted medical, behavioral health, and some intellectual/developmental disabilities (IDD)/traumatic brain injury (TBI) organizations to provide a 100% tobacco-free campus. On September 7th, 2021, DHHS released a memo to providers advising them of the new tobacco-related policy requirements going into effect next summer. To learn how this requirement might apply to your agency, read the provider memo posted on the NC Medicaid blog. Retail pharmacies are excluded from this requirement and certain residential IDD/TBI programs have a different set of requirements.

Breathe Easy NC: Becoming Tobacco Free, is the statewide initiative created to support this policy change. Service providers can visit for the resources and information providers will need to take campuses tobacco-free and integrate tobacco use treatment into their services. Service providers can also contact their county’s regional or local tobacco control staff directly for assistance.