Smoking Cessation Resources: Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Advocate Illinois: Helping Deaf Americans Quit Smoking


Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, with funding from the American Legacy Foundation and other organizations


Format           Deaf and hard of hearing behavioral health program


According to the program’s website, data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2000-2006 through the National Health Interview Survey found that among adults aged 18-44 years, more than 40% of those who were deaf or had a lot of trouble hearing smoked cigarettes compared with 24% of those with good hearing. As a result, the multi-faceted behavioral health program in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center was developed and is directed by an ASL-fluent licensed psychologist.  Deafness limits one’s accessibility to healthcare information on topics such as the effects of smoking and how to stop smoking.  Advocate Illinois developed a culturally tailored Web-based streaming video screening tool and smoking cessation intervention for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.


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Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
836 West Wellington Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 975-1600


Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals (MCDPDHHI)


Funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


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MCDPDHHI is a specialized program designed to meet the communication and cultural needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing and in chemical dependency treatment, enabling staff to provide outreach and training, modify and develop materials, and provide treatment.  The MCDPDHHI staff are fluent in sign language and knowledgeable about deaf culture. Program offerings for deaf and hard of hearing individuals include a new smoking cessation program for people who are chemically dependent, comprehensive assessment services, individual and group therapy, lectures, occupational therapy, recreational therapy, grief group, participation in Twelve Step groups, and aftercare planning. A Clinical Approaches Manual has been developed by the program, which describes treatment approaches, philosophy, task rationale, step assignments and educational topics used with deaf and hard of hearing clients in treatment.


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Minnesota Chemical Dependency Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals

2450 Riverside Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55454

Toll-free 1-800-282-3323


Tobacco Information for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Oklahoma


Communication Service for the Deaf, Inc. (CSD), in a partnership with TSET (Tobacco Settlement Endowments Trust and Oklahoma Department of Health           

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This website, created by and for Oklahomans who are deaf and hard of hearing, provides information on the effects of tobacco use and nicotine and how users can fight nicotine.  Included are organizations which provide support to give up dependence on cigarettes and other tobacco products.


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CSD of Oklahoma
4815 South Harvard Avenue, Suite 250
Tulsa, OK 74135