The objective of the leadership academies is to create a state-wide alliance among, public health, mental health, tobacco control, and addiction treatment departments. These groups will be charged with producing an action plan that will promote smoke-free living and reduce smoking rates among behavioral health consumers and staff in each state selected.
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Why This Initiative is So Important
44.3% of all cigarettes consumed are by people with mental and substance use disorders
50% of all smokers will die as a result of smoking — including those with mental and substance use disorders.
70% of the general population wants to quit – people with behavioral health conditions have an equal interest.
Smoking is the biggest killer of people with behavioral health problems.
Smoking bans (e.g., smoke-free campuses) have no negative effect on behavioral health symptoms or management.
It is better to quit all addictions, including tobacco, up front. By doing so alcohol and other drug addiction outcomes improve by an average of 25%.
A project of the Governor's Institute on Substance Abuse. Funded in part by the federal Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant Fund (CFDA #93.959) as a project of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities & Substance Abuse Services.