A Smoking Cessation Program For People With Mental Illness

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Authors: Maxie Ashton, Mark Weston

Year: 2002

Event: 2002 TheMHS Conference

Subject: Smoking & Health, tobacco, book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: The rate of smoking amongst people with mental illness is extremely high, resulting in serious consequences for their health and well being.
The high rate of smoking amongst people with mental illness results in:-
• 30% higher rates of respiratory disorders
• the need for twice the amount of medication for some people
• increased rates of poverty
• more stigma
• added social and community barriers
• more difficulty resuming a healthy, satisfying life in the community.

Surveys have shown that about 50% of people with mental illness are very concerned about their smoking and want help to stop smoking or reduce.

A collaborative project involving Tobacco Control services and Mental health services working together and running over 15 Smoking Cessation courses across South Australia, has shown fantastic results.

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