Communties Engaged in Advocating for a Smoke Free Environment (CEASE)

Dr. Payam Sheikhattari, Research Fellow at the Prevention Sciences Research Center and Associate Professor at the Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy, has recently been awarded $1,393,568 for the project titled, "Dissemination and Implementation of the CEASE Intervention to Reduce Tobacco Use.” funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) for three years to support the CEASE (Communities Engaged and Advocating for a Smoke-free Environment)  partnership and to help other community organizations adopt, implement, and disseminate the CEASE intervention and expand services to a larger group of disparity populations and increase the number of residents who quit smoking. The CEASE Intervention which was proven to be quite successful in Southwest Baltimore, aims to help participants quit smoking using a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach. The replication of the CEASE project in the Waverly community represents an increasing number of initiatives working within the Morgan Community Mile to help find solutions to community problems. For additional information go to our website at


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CEASE Events

4/22, CEASE MCM Meet and Greet: 5:30-7:30 PM , Waverly Elementary/Middle School- 3400 Ellerslie Ave., 21218. Open event with light refreshments for the residents, students, businesses and organizations within the Morgan Community Mile area. Our goal is to meet the people and groups currently working towards healthier neighborhoods and introduce CEASE (Communities Engaged and Advocating for a Smoke-free Environment) activities and opportunities to join with our fellow



4/24, CEASE SouthWest Baltimore Action Board: 5:30-7:30 PM, 915 Sterrett St. 21230, Head Start Building. Open monthly Board meeting to discuss, plan and develop strategies and activities aimed at reducing tobacco use and increasing health in SouthWest Baltimore.