The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) engages in local and state-wide tobacco control policy efforts focusing on tobacco prevention, eliminating secondhand smoke exposure, promoting cessation services, and identifying and eliminating cancer and other tobacco-related disparities.

We are guided by best practices in tobacco control as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, effective and promising practices of tobacco control programs in effect nationwide, and from the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (e.g., National Institute of Cancer’s Scientific Priorities).



  1. To prevent Louisiana’s youth from beginning to use tobacco
  2. To eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
  3. To promote tobacco cessation
  4. To identify and eliminate cancer and other tobacco-related disparities
  5. To facilitate effective coordination of all tobacco control & prevention initiatives statewide


Each year, more than 25,000 Louisianans receive a new cancer diagnosis. Established to improve cancer outcomes and attain an NCI-designated cancer center in the state, the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) is a collaboration hub that advances groundbreaking research, enhances prevention methods, and accelerates innovative treatments for those touched by the disease.

LCRC provides TFL an opportunity to work in communities in the area of policy coordination, disparities, cessation, and awareness to reduce tobacco use and increase people's awareness about the dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke to reduce cancer.

Learn more at LouisianaCancerCenter.org.



Quit With Us, LA is a partnership between TFL and the Department of Health and Hospitals Tobacco Control Program (TCP).The Quit With Us, LA website provides tobacco users with important information and tips for quitting, and offers online resources and free cessation programs—all accessible from a single location. For more information visit QuitWithUsLA.org.


Smoking Cessation Trust offers FREE medications, group and individual counseling, and quitline coaching to help for Louisiana residents who started smoking cigarettes before September 1, 1988. Call 1.855.259.6346 or visit SmokingCessationTrust.org to enroll.



TFL is a member is the Tobacco-Free Louisiana Coalition. The Tobacco-Free Louisiana Coalition is a collection of organizations working to protect everyone in our state from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure and tobacco use.

Earl N. Benjamin-Robinson, DrHSc, CPH
Senior Director, Tobacco & Control Prevention and Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living
504.301.9830 / ebenjamin-robinson@lphi.org

Jenny Dickherber, MSW, MPH
Associate Director, Operations & Health Promotions
215.495.9244 / jdickherber@lphi.org

Erica Turner. DrPH, MPH, CHES
Associate Director, TFL Evaluation
601.327.0022 / eturner@lphi.org

Chrishelle Stipe, MPH, NCTTP
Senior Manager, Health Promotions
504.872.0754 / cstipe@lphi.org

Jaime Cyprian, MPH
Senior Manager, Policy & Statewide Coordination
(St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington)
985.974.7247 / jcyprian@lphi.org

Bradley D. Wellons, MA, JD
Regional Manager, Greater New Orleans & Bayou River
(Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Jefferson, St. Charles,
St. John, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary)

601.422.9575 / bwellons@lphi.org

Janice Ackley, BS
Regional Manager, Southwest Louisiana & Acadiana
(Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St.
Martin, Vermillion, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis)

337.515.2615 / jackley@lphi.org

Mitzi LaSalle, BS
Regional Manager, Central Louisiana
(Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, St. Landry, Vernon, Winn)
318.794.1861 / mlasalle@lphi.org

Feamula R. Bradley, MSEd
Regional Manager, Northwest Louisiana
(Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Desoto, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Webster)

318.402.3702 / fbradley@lphi.org

Jennifer Haneline, MSW, LCSW
Regional Manager, Northeast Louisiana
(Caldwell, E. Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison,
Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union, West Carroll)

318.361.7235 /jhaneline@lphi.org

Mattie Hawkins, BS
Regional Manager, South Central Louisiana
(Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Pointe Coupee, St. Charles, St. James, St. John The Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Vermilion, and West Baton Rouge
225.802.9775 /mhawkins@lphi.org

Michelle C. Ozah, BSPH
Senior Coordinator, Social and Health Disparities Senior Coordinator
504.301.9842 / mozah@lphi.org

Adrick Harris, MPH, DrPH(c)
TFL Policy, System, and Environmental Doctoral Fellow
601.316.5172 / aharris@lphi.org

John Marc Sharpe
Director, Communications
504.343.8568 / jmsharpe@lphi.org

Valerie Huntley, BA
Senior Manager, Communications
504.338.8566 / vhuntley@lphi.org

Ed Trapido, ScD, FACE (Chair)
LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health

Dr. Elizabeth Fontham
LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health

Dr. Sarah Moody-Thomas
LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health

Dr. Takeisha Davis
New Orleans East Hospital

Dr. Kathleen Kennedy
Xavier University

Dr. John Couk
LSU Health Care Services

Catherine Levendis
Ochsner Health System

Dr. Valerie Fields
University of Louisiana Monroe

Dr. Robyn Merrick
Southern University System

Dr. Peter Fos
Dillard University

Aaron Hoffman, Ph. D
Tulane School of Tropical Medicine

Melissa Martin
Louisiana Department of Health; Office of Public Health, Well-Ahead Louisiana Program

Dr. Ed Trapido (Ex Officio Member)
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and
Deputy Director for Population Science
Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
Louisiana State University School of Public Health

Dr. Michael Celestin Jr. (Ex Officio Member)
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Director LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health
Louisiana Tobacco Control Initiative

Dr. Chancellor Donald, MD
Tulane University School of Medicine

Chris Benjamin
Office on Smoking and Health

Rod Lew, MPH
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, & Leadership (APPEAL)

Natalie Kulick
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Geographic Health Equity Alliance (GHEA)

Delmonte Jefferson
The Center for Black Health & Equity

Taslim Van Hattum, LCSW, MPH
National Council for Behavioral Health
National Council for Mental Wellbeing

NFN Scout, PhD
National LGBT Cancer Network
National LGBT Tobacco-Related Cancer

John Pang, MD
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport

Marcela Gaitán, MPH, MA
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Nuestras Voces (Our Voices)

Dwana Dee Calhoun
CDC Network
SelfMade Health

Damien R. Bellard

MarvKevea Campbell
MarvKevea Learning Center

Victor Jones
NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund

Marianna Montero
Executive Director
Golden Change

Tonja Myles
Trained to Fight While Wounded

Gjvar Payne
Capital Area Reentry Program

Brenda Scarborough
Jennings Housing Authority

Shannon Warren
Unitech Training Academy

Alaiyia Williams
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Bach Therapeutic Counseling Services

Mark Windham
Go Care Community Health Center

DC Sills

Lang Le
Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training

Samuel Burgess, MA

MSHCM LA Department of Health

Brad Wellons
TFL Region 1 Manager and Deaf Advocate

Jamea L. Hart
Communities of Color Region 8

Louisiana Healthy Community Coalitions

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

American Lung Association

American Cancer Society-Cancer Action Network

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Ochsner Health System

Rapides Foundation

American Legacy Foundation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health

Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program

Louisiana Cultural Healthcare Initiative

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Addictive Disorders

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Tobacco Control Program

Louisiana Higher Education Coalition

Louisiana Primary Care Association

Louisiana Rural Health Association

LSU Health Sciences Center Tobacco Control Initiative

Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation