About

Smokefree Philly is part of Get Healthy Philly, the Chronic Disease Division of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

    • Pennsylvania Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
    • City of Philadelphia

The goal of SmokeFree Philly is to:

  • Help people to quit smoking.
  • Stop people from starting using tobacco.
  • Reduce heart disease, cancer and other illnesses caused by smoking.

Our work includes:

  • Helping and supporting tobacco users to quit
  • Preventing young people from starting to use tobacco
  • Protecting people from secondhand smoke exposure in indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Using policy and media to change norms and raise awareness about tobacco use and its effects

SmokeFree Philly is part of Get Healthy Philly, an initiative led by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to make Philadelphia a healthy, active, and smoke-free city.

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Learn about the Tobacco Recovery Wellness Initiative (TRWI) from our partner organization, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS).

 


Meet the Team

Dr. Cheryl BettigoleDr. Cheryl Bettigole is the Director of Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  She is a board certified family physician and has previously served as the Chief Medical Officer of Complete Care Health Network, a federally qualified community/migrant health center in southern New Jersey, and as a Family Physician and Clinical Director with Philadelphia’s City Health Centers, where she saw patients for more than 12 years.  She is also a Past-President of the National Physicians Alliance.

 

Ryan Coffman, MPH, CHES, CTTS-M is the Tobacco Policy and Control Program Manager for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In this role, he oversees several tobacco control and policy initiatives under the Get Healthy Philly Initiative.  These initiatives include the prevention of youth initiation, helping tobacco users to quit,  and youth engagement, retail-level tobacco control, promoting tobacco-free environments, mass media campaigns, tobacco control policy, and community partnerships to reduce adult and youth tobacco use in Philadelphia.  He is committed to serving vulnerable populations disproportionately impacted by the effects of tobacco use and continues to provide tobacco treatment services Health Center 2 in South Philadelphia.

 

Melissa Damast is the Tobacco Control Specialist for Get Healthy Philly, the Chronic Disease Division of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.  Her work focusses on youth sales prevention and retail initiatives to reduce youth and adult smoking in Philadelphia, and to prevent young people from starting to use tobacco.  Most recently through the tobacco-free retail project her work promotes the notion that retailers can remain viable and successful businesses and not sell tobacco products.  She works with community partners who provide technical assistance and resources to businesses who want to transition to not sell tobacco.  This healthy retail initiative is a unique collaboration of Get Healthy Philly’s tobacco and nutrition programs.  She has a Master’s in Public Health from Temple University.

 

Jarma J. Frisby is the Tobacco Treatment and Wellness Coordinator for Get Healthy Philly.  Her work is focused on changing perceptions about tobacco use and treatment sharing evidence based information to help smokers quit. Recently, she was a part of the team that assisted 16 acute inpatient psychiatric and extended acute inpatient treatment facilities successfully implement tobacco-free treatment policies. In addition, Jarma offers technical assistance to employers who wish to create a tobacco free cultures, helping to identifying best practices for integrating tobacco treatment and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke into existing health and wellness activities. Jarma has worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for 20 years and holds a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration.
Sara Grossman is a Research and Evaluation Associate for Get Healthy Philly. In this role, she conducts evaluation design, implementation, and analysis support for various nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco control programs. Sara has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys volunteering in the Philadelphia community, serving on two nonprofit boards, and recently completed tenure as director of a healthy eating program for underserved city youth. Prior to joining Get Healthy Philly, Sara coordinated health disparities and community engagement research at Penn and worked on a healthcare innovation business innovation team where she supported clinical redesign and process improvement in Camden, NJ.
Elissa Martel is the Special Projects Coordinator for Get Healthy Philly. In this role, Elissa coordinates internship and volunteer opportunities for students seeking practical, hands-on experience in public health. She also collaborates with partners across Philadelphia to address tobacco-use and promote wellness in the Latinx and LGBTQ communities. Prior to joining Get Healthy Philly, Elissa worked at a public high school in New York City, where she connected students to enrichment opportunities outside of school. Elissa earned her BA in English from Wesleyan University. In addition to her work in public health, she is passionate about the arts, education, reading, and youth development.

 

Annaka Scheeres is a Research & Evaluation Associate for Get Healthy Philly. She conducts statistical and geospatial analysis for a variety of projects within the division, including the Philadelphia Beverage Tax Evaluation and several citywide campaigns. She received a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Geography concentration) and a B.S. in Biology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. After graduating in May 2016, Annaka was a Summer of Maps Fellow at Azavea, a geospatial analysis company in Philadelphia, where she was the project manager, GIS analyst, statistician, and software developer for projects with the American Red Cross and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Previously, she was a research fellow for Calvin’s Geography Department, visualizing ecological and social injustices within the local watershed.