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%.
Smoking Out the Truth: Tobacco Use & Behavioral Health