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Tobacco Cessation

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?

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