Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs)
Spiritual leaders and places of worship can play an important role in fighting tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Below you’ll find simple steps and a list of resources than can help members of your community quit smoking for good.
Churches, synagogues, temples, monasteries, mosques, and other houses of worship are natural centers for spiritual, emotional, and physical wellness. As a faith leader, you can bring quit-smoking resources to those in need—and you can set an example on how to have a healthier lifestyle.
- Make your home, place of worship, car, and business/workplace smokefree and tobacco-free.
- Find local educational materials, support groups, or cessation programs. Ask your state or local health department what they recommend, and use CDC’s handout Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1.16MB] and notepads that include the quitline number, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). Offer these to your members who want to quit.
- Display the Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) ads on your group’s campus, link to them from your Web site, and include them in your publications.
- Refer members to the How to Quit Smoking page on the Tips web site.
- Sponsor stop-smoking classes at your place of worship. Create and lead support groups.
- Educate community leaders about policies that make it easier for current smokers to quit and harder for nonsmokers to start—especially youth.
Here are some resources to help you with this very important work in your community:
- Frequently asked questions about the Tips campaign and how it can help you address tobacco use in the faith-based setting
- Free campaign videos, posters, radio ads, print ads, Web-ready graphics, PowerPoint presentations, and more at the Tips Download CenterExternal
- Link to the faith-based webinar – ‘It Takes Faith – Addressing Tobacco Use within the Faith Community’External. This webinar features presentations from national faith leaders; those working in health ministry; and the CDC.
- A free CDC handout that you can give to members of your congregations to motivate them to quit smoking Cdc-pdf[PDF – 1.16MB]
- Order free notepads (with the 1-800-QUIT-NOW quitline number and CDC logo) to use in your practice (enter “notepad” in search bar on publication catalog web page).
- Social media images for your organization and your members to share on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter
- FAQs about how quitlines work and their effectiveness
- Free continuing education training for up to 4.5 CEs, entitled “Smoking Cessation for Pregnancy and Beyond: A Virtual Clinic”External
- Center at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)External – This Center helps build and support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations to better serve individuals, families, and communities in need.
- U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives External This Center works to promote student-driven education through engagement with faith leaders and organizations, both faith-based and community-focused.
- Center at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)External This Center serves as a resource center for secular and faith-based organizations that want to partner with HUD to address the housing and community development needs of neighborhoods.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)External SAMHSA’s guide for building partnerships among community and faith organizations offers strategies for collaborating to address the service needs of people living with mental illness, substance use disorders, or both.
- Faith United Against Tobacco. These faith-based organizations are actively promoting the Tips campaign. Some have health-related resources on their Web sites.
- American Baptist Home Mission SocietiesExternal
- General Commission on United Methodist MenExternal
- Health Ministries AssociationExternal
- Islamic Society of North AmericaExternal
- National Episcopal Health MinistriesExternal
- Seventh-day Adventist Health Ministries- North America DivisionExternal
- United Church of Christ Health MinistryExternal
- General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist ChurchExternal
- Tips Campaign Resources