People with mental illnesses and addictions can die decades earlier than the general population — and smoking is a major contributor to early morbidity and mortality.
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- About 50% of people with behavioral health disorders 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).
The National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control was established in September 2013 upon receiving an award from the CDC’s Office of Smoking and Health and the Division of Cancer Control and Prevention. This webpage provides stakeholders with tools and resources to reduce tobacco use and cancer among people with mental and substance use disorders. As part of the CDC’s Consortium of National Networks, all of which are listed on the webpage, the National Behavioral Health Network will lead various initiatives over the next year, including webinars, trainings, and other opportunities. The National Behavioral Health Network is joined by six other networks, each focusing on specific populations experiencing tobacco and cancer-related health disparities.
The Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012 report provides an overview of the implementation of strategies that reduce tobacco use in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. While states have made progress, the reduction of tobacco use nationwide has slowed. The report shows that more work needs to be done to end the epidemic of tobacco-related death and disease.
The Partnership for Prevention published ”Increasing Access to Tobacco Cessation in States: Action to Quit Case Studies,“ highlighting six states’ cessation plans.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid sent a letter to State Medicaid Directors, providing information to assist states’ tobacco reduction efforts. The letter includes guidance on implementation of section 4107 of the Affordable Care Act and on tobacco quitline activities.
SAMHSA and the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center hosted a Leadership Academies for Wellness and Smoking Cessation in Oklahoma to help state leaders develop an action plan to reduce smoking among adults with behavioral health problems, as well as professional staff, by 2015.
"Becoming Tobacco Free,” is a six-minute video targeted towards mental health consumers and was created by New York State Office of Mental Health in partnership with Columbia’s Center for Practice Innovations (CPI), NYC Health Department, and Dr. Jill Williams. The video features clips of consumers discussing their journey to becoming tobacco free, the health benefits of quitting, tools to help think through the pros and cons of quitting, what to expect when quitting, and how to get help.
The Asian Smokers’ Quitline is a free nationwide Asian-language quit smoking service operated by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The Quitline offers self-help materials, referral to local programs, one-on-one telephone counseling to quit smoking, and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches. Quitline services have been proven in clinical trials to double a smoker’s chances of successfully quitting.
The National Native Network Keep It Sacred provides a forum for tribes and tribal organizations to obtain and disseminate evidence-based and culturally appropriate information in order to identify and eliminate health disparities related to commercial tobacco abuse.
Dr. Stephen Sroka is an internationally recognized motivational speaker, trainer, author, teacher, professor and consultant. He has spoken numerous times in schools (K-12), as well as in hospitals, colleges, Indian reservations, clinics, and various community settings. He has done tobacco prevention work with Native Americans.
Using data from the 2009–2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), the new report from the CDC MMWR "Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Mental Illness" provides the most recent national and state estimates of cigarette smoking among adults aged ≥18 years with AMI.
The Center for Practice Innovations, in partnership with OMH and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is pleased to announce the release of three new Focus on Integrated Treatment (FIT) online training modules aimed at treating tobacco dependence.
The FIT Tobacco Treatment Modules are now available free of charge to practitioners in NYS agencies and programs that are enrolled in CPI's learning management system ("CPI Learning Community") through FIT initiative.
The New England Journal of Medicine article ”Smoking and Mental Illness—Breaking the Link“ addresses prevailing myths that perpetuate tobacco use among people with behavioral health problems. The article also discusses ways to address smoking cessation with patients.
Sponsored by CDC and managed by the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium, the Tobacco Free Press provides readers valuable tobacco-related news and resources.
A national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center provides clinicians with research and information, and smokers with resources to quit.
The University of Colorado Denver created Tobacco Cessation for Persons with Mental Illnesses: A Toolkit for Mental Health Providers to guide providers and leadership in their efforts to help people with behavioral health problems quit smoking.
The American Society of Family Physicians developed a reimbursement code chart that highlights HCPCS, CPT, and ICD-9 codes related to tobacco cessation counseling reimbursable by Medicare and private payors.
The Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence developed a position paper, Integrating Tobacco Treatment within Behavioral Health, to inspire providers to encourage active intervention for patients who smoke.
The FDA Center for Tobacco Products has made two widgets available: News You Can Use and Tobacco Retailer Quiz to help stakeholders access and share news and information quickly and easily. The widgets are easy to add to any website.
The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions at the University of New Mexico’s ”Smoking cessation during substance abuse treatment: What you need to know“ provides a literature review and shares successful cessation interventions.
The University of Colorado’s Behavioral Health and Wellness Program provides myriad resources for practitioners investing in helping patients quit smoking.
Women.Smokefree.gov is a website that offers tobacco cessation resources for women and discusses topics that are often important to women in regards to tobacco cessation.
Benefits of quitting smoking outpace risk of modest weight gain
This NIH-funded study finds post-cessation weight gain does not elevate cardiovascular risks for former smokers.
BeTobaccoFree provides the best information HHS has on the health effects of tobacco, quitting smoking, and more.
The Get Ready, Get Help, Get Real podcast from HHS HealthBeat discusses some basic tips to quit smoking for good.
Smokefree is the federal government’s interactive website dedicated to smoking cessation. Individuals can also access counseling via phone at 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) and via trained Quit Coaches on www.smokefree.com.
The Peer-to-Peer Tobacco Dependence Recovery Program promotes behaviors that lead to health and wellness by filling a critical gap in behavioral healthcare settings: peer support tobacco dependence services for persons with substance abuse and/or mental health disorders.
Establishing Smoking Cessation Initiatives in Health Centers
August 15, 2011
Presented by Chad Morris, PhD and Bettie Blackmon, Family Nurse Practitioner