Only 1 in 4 community behavioral health facilities offer tobacco cessation services, and even fewer utilize nicotine replacement therapy (NRTs) and other pharmacological supports. Do you know what services are available and most effective for assisting individuals with mental illness who want to stop using tobacco? This presentation will uncover the hidden epidemic of tobacco’s deadly toll on the behavioral health community, including the tobacco industry’s target marketing tactics. It will introduce you to the California Smokers’ Helpline, a free service to help people quit smoking, vaping and chewing tobacco and explain the available services, what to expect when reaching out, and how the program helps people quit.
• Analyze the data on tobacco’s deadly toll on individuals with mental illness and addictions
• Identify best practices to motivate people who use tobacco to use the quitline services for successful tobacco cessation.
• Examine two barriers to delivering tobacco dependence interventions across behavioral health care settings
• Identify FDA approved NRTs and other pharmacological supports to best aid clients and peers in a successful quit