Behavioral Health

Get the Facts!

As overall smoking rates have declined, the prevalence of smoking among people with behavioral health conditions (mental and/or substance use disorders) has remained high.
  • The behavioral health population consumes 44% of all cigarettes consumed in the U.S.
  • This population experiences high rates of chronic disease and on average dies 25 years prematurely.
  • Adults with mental illness and substance abuse disorders want to quit using tobacco products at similar rates to the general public.

Developing best practice tobacco-free policies and providing screening and treatment for tobacco use at behavioral health facilities will support clients to make quit attempts as well as protect all members of the organization community from the dangers of secondhand and thirdhand smoke.

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