Vital Signs – Adult Smoking Among People with Mental Illness
This podcast is based on the February 2013 CDC Vital Signs report, which shows that cigarette smoking is a serious problem among adults with mental illness. More needs to be done to help adults with mental illness quit smoking and make mental health facilities tobacco-free. Created: 2/5/2013 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Date Released: 2/5/2013. Series Name: CDC Vital Minute.
Vital Signs – Adult Smoking Among People with Mental Illnesss
This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Adults with mental illness smoke cigarettes at much higher rates than other adults. Overall, about 20 percent of adults in the US smoke. Among adults with a mental illness, the smoking rate is 36 percent. This means a greater percentage of people with mental illness will get sick and die early from smoking-related diseases. Like other smokers, they want to quit, are able to quit, and benefit from proven stop-smoking treatments.
However, people with mental illness face special challenges in quitting and may need extra help, including more counseling, as well as higher doses, longer use, or a combination of medicines that help people quit.
Mental health professionals can help their patients stop smoking by insuring their facilities are one hundred percent tobacco free and by including smoking cessation as part of an overall approach to treatment and wellness.