People with mental illnesses and addictions can die decades earlier than the general population — and smoking is a major contributor.
- About 50% of people with mental illnesses and addictions smoke, compared to 23% of the general population.
- People with mental illnesses and addictions smoke half of all cigarettes produced, and are only half as likely as other smokers to quit.
- Smoking-related illnesses cause half of all deaths among people with behavioral health disorders.
- 30-35% of the behavioral healthcare workforce smokes (versus only 1.7% of primary care physicians)
What Can You Do to Decrease or Prevent Tobacco Use Among People with Mental Illnesses and Addictions?
- Access the resources available through the CDC National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control operated by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
- Read our issue of eSolutions on Smoking Cessation, which discusses facts about smoking and shares useful resources.
- Download DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Toolkit for Healthcare Provider, which contains information and step-by-step instructions on tobacco cessation education, client engagement, assessing readiness to quit, and treatment information.
- Read Linda Rosenberg’s letter to the field, A Shared Struggle with Tobacco Addiction, and learn about the National Council’s commitment to supporting tobacco control and prevention efforts.
- Bookmark BeTobaccoFree for some of the best information on the health effects of tobacco, quitting smoking, and more.
- Subscribe to the CDC’s Tobacco Free Press for valuable tobacco-related news and resources.
- Order or download the CDCs free brochures and posters.
- Download Tobacco Cessation for Persons with Mental Illnesses: A Toolkit for Mental Health Providers to for information on how to help those you serve quit smoking.
- Learn not to create a smoke-free setting in Tobacco-Free Living in Psychiatric Settings: A Best-Practices Toolkit Promoting Wellness and Recovery.
- Learn the right billing codes for tobacco cessation in the American Society of Family Physicians’ reimbursement code chart.
- Learn about CenterLink, giving a voice for LGBT community centers in national grassroots organizing, coalition building and social activism.