Stigma, Biases and Shame: Tobacco Use and Wellbeing Masterclass

Thursday, May 27, 3 – 5 p.m. ET


Stigma around mental illness and substance use challenges can contribute to increased symptoms and reduced likelihood of receiving and accessing treatment. Individuals who also use tobacco encounter psychosocial factors such as stigma and may experience increased strain on their health and mental wellbeing that impacts their motivation to quit tobacco. Research has shown that addressing biases and shame can increase understanding of symptoms and encourage utilization of services.

Join the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control on Thursday, May 27, from 3 – 5 p.m. ET for a real-time discussion with subject matter experts from the University of California San Francisco and the University of Texas at Austin, Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D., and Richard Bottner, DHA, PA-C. This masterclass will equip you with the knowledge and tools to:

  • Define and discuss the history and impact of shame and stigma on individuals who use tobacco and have a mental health and substance use challenge.
  • Understand the social, psychological and cultural processes that create self-stigmatization, social stigma and structural stigma, and how each might influence access to and engagement with high-quality treatment.
  • Describe ways health care providers and health systems propagate stigma and shame-mediated health disparities related to mental health and substance use, including tobacco and alcohol dependence.
  • Explore and apply methods to reduce stigma through empowerment and systems structure improvements.
  • Implement steps to reduce stigma within your organization and communities that will promote smoking cessation and treatment.


Please join the meeting early as available spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Interested in learning more about this topic? Visit the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control to gain access to valuable resources – membership is free!

This event is co-hosted by UCSF’s Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, the SAMHSA National Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Recovery and the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  


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