Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New resource available for states integrating substance abuse and tobacco cessation efforts

People with mental or substance use disorders (M/SUDs) in Colorado and across the nation are more likely to smoke, buy cigarettes, and get sick or die of tobacco-related causes. After decades of myths and misconceptions, people involved in planning state behavioral health and tobacco programs are stepping up prevention and cessation programs focused on these vulnerable populations, particularly in the health settings they turn to for services.

Using research findings and data — and with the backing of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the University of California’s Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC) — stakeholders are joining with clinical staff, behavioral health agencies and associations to increase their state’s tobacco use, prevention and cessation efforts for the behavioral 
health population.
To learn more, please review Enhance Your State's Tobacco Cessation Efforts Among the Behavioral Health Population.

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