Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CDC: Adults with Mental Illness Smoke More


Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the US.  Despite overall declines in smoking, more people with mental illness smoke than people without mental illness. Because many people with mental illness smoke, many of them will get sick and die early from smoking
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a Vital Signs report that describes national and state-by-state data on smoking and mental illness, possible action steps and social media resources.
One in five Colorado adults smoke. However, one in three Colorado adults with mental illness smoke, putting them at higher risk for heart disease, cancer and death. Tobacco-related illnesses kill more than 4,000 Coloradans each year.
Nationally, 21% of adults smoke while 36% of adults with mental illness smoke.
Recent research has shown that, like other smokers, adults with mental illness who smoke want to quit, can quit, and benefit from proven stop-smoking treatments. Some mental health providers and facilities have made progress in this area, while others are now beginning to address tobacco use. The 2006 Surgeon General's ReportExternal Web Site Icon found that smoke-free policies reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and help smokers quit. Mental health facilities can benefit by making their campuses 100% smoke-free and by making stopping tobacco use part of an overall approach to treatment and wellness.  It is critical that people with mental illness get the mental health services they need and are able to get help to quit smoking to improve their overall health and wellness.
In Colorado, smokers with or without mental illness can get help from the Colorado QuitLine. Smokers who are ready to quit can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to reach trained coaches who can make help them develop a plan to quit smoking and provide quit-smoking medication for those who are eligible.

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