Become a Helper!

The right kind of help increases a person's chances of success in quitting tobacco.

The Helpers Program offers information, training and support to individuals interested in helping someone quit tobacco. Anyone can benefit from this training. The Helpers Training is person-centered and takes a practical approach to helping. Helpers offers special insights into helping persons with mental health or substance use issues.
Become a Helper!

Step up to Help!

The Helpers Program Courses

By following the steps, you advance in your learning and boost your resources as a Helper. By completing steps one and two, you will earn your Helpers Training Certification. You can then pursue your interests by signing up for one of our Mini-Courses to earn additional certificates.
Step up to Help!

What You Will Learn

You will gain the knowledge, skills and resources to help someone quit tobacco.

  • Become Aware

    Become aware of opportunities to talk about tobacco use and have practical ways for starting conversations about quitting tobacco.

  • Develop an Understanding

    Understand what motivates someone to consider quitting tobacco. Understand their readiness to take action. Learn active listening skills.

  • Learn HOW to Help

    Help people who have an interest in quitting by offering referrals, information and self-help resources.

Helpers Program Training Team

  • Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH

    Senior Instructor

    Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH

    Dr. Muramoto is Department Chair for the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, Department of Family and Community Medicine. Myra is an internationally recognized leader in research on reducing the harms caused by tobacco use and has been the recipient of numerous grants to study the impact of the Helpers Program to empower concerned persons to offer help and assistance to persons interested in quitting tobacco.
  • Tim Connolly, RN, MN

    Senior Instructor

    Tim Connolly, RN, MN

    Tim is a Senior Research Nurse at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. Tim directs the training team for the Helpers Program. He has two decades of experience creating and evaluating training models for community based tobacco control projects including the development of adapted training for behavioral health providers.