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Tobacco Awareness Mural Dedication

Join us to dedicate a new mural at 5108 Malcolm Street. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts’ Porch Light Program has partnered with the Department of Public Health around their effort of Tobacco Cessation and Behavioral Health. The Porch Light Program, a partnership with DBHIDS, situates art at the heart of recovery, resilience, and healing throughout Philadelphia. The creation of participatory community-driven art builds connections between individuals, artists, community members, service providers, and city government that serve as powerful forces in making our communities vibrant, healthy, and strong.

Artist Jeane Cohen said of the mural, titled “Smoke Cycles: Seeking Shelter from the Storm,” “Some habits are hard to break, especially when building a healthy lifestyle. When we are stuck, or when we get in the way of ourselves and the people we want to be, we can look to the greater community and educate ourselves. We can look to role models, positive rays of sunshine in our lives, to learn from their experiences and wisdom. We can learn from the stories of people who have not had an easy time breaking habitual patterns as a way to have compassion and make ourselves better. We can also nourish those who want to grow, helping them be the best people they can be. No matter the person, there are always opportunities to grow.”

The work is designed to improve health outcomes for individuals, build stronger alliances between service providers and communities, reduce stigma directed towards those in recovery, and increase utilization of services. This mural on the underlying relationship between tobacco use and behavioral health will empower the community with a greater understanding about addressing tobacco use, with a vision of advancing wellness, recovery, and resiliency in behavioral health populations.

Community involvement in the design of this mural happened through a series of round tables hosted by Mural Arts and DPH at behavioral health providers situated in ZIP codes with the highest tobacco use in the city. These discussions were focused on the issues around tobacco use and behavioral health and provided opportunities to ask questions and discuss concerns about tobacco use, tobacco products, and tobacco companies.

Cross-System Collaboration

Cross-System Collaboration

Tobacco Recovery Wellness Initiative (TRWI)

Tobacco Recovery Wellness Initiative (TRWI)

For Behavioral Health Professionals

For Behavioral Health Professionals

For The Public

For The Public