Little ‘Quit-Smoking’ Help at U.S. Mental Health Centers

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THURSDAY, May 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many mental health and addiction treatment centers in the United States don’t help patients quit smoking, a new government study finds.

People with mental illness and/or drug or alcohol addiction are far more likely than others to smoke cigarettes. And they are more likely to die from a smoking-related illness than from a behavioral health condition, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

But stop-smoking assistance is limited at behavioral health centers, said Corinne Graffunder, director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health.

“Many people with mental health and substance abuse disorders want to stop smoking and are able to quit, and can do it with help,” Graffunder said in a CDC news release.

“Too many smokers lack access to proven interventions that could ultimately help them quit smoking,” she added.

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