Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Resources for Smoking Cessation Assistance for Behavioral Health Populations

Tobacco use prevalence is disproportionately high among the behavioral health population.  A research study entitled Promoting smoke-free environments and tobacco cessation in residential treatment facilities for mental health and addictions, Oregon, 2010, surveyed a wide range of residential treatment facilities with interesting results and implications for policy change.  The study can is available online.

To complement the study the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health), created a video featuring smokers and former smokers with mental illness or substance abuse diagnoses urging advocates to help them.

The Center indicates that the video, the posters or other material on their site are free to use and re-brand them for your own use. The website with the video can be found at: www.HelpUsQuit.org

In Colorado, there are a number of assistance paths available to those seeking to quit tobacco.  A great starting point to pick the program that is right for you is My Quit Path.  In addition, the Colorado Quitline is always on and available to help provide coaching assistance and other support assistance.  To reach the Quitline coaches and materials, contact 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit the Colorado Quitline Website.

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