Tobacco, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Infographic
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Treating Tobacco Use in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Patients
MYTH: Tobacco use disorder is a minor problem compared to mental health and substance abuse issues.
FACT: Patients with a serious mental illness are likely to die 25 years earlier than the rest of the population, mainly due to tobacco use.
MYTH: Patients with MH and SUD disorders don't want to quit tobacco use.
FACT: 79% of outpatients being treated for depression intend to quit smoking. 44–80% of individuals in addictions treatment are interested in quitting.
MYTH: Quitting will negatively impact recovery from other drugs and harm overall recovery.
FACT: Individuals who quit tobacco have a 25% increased likelihood of long-term abstinence from all substances.
MYTH: Quitting smoking will interfere with recovery from a mental health disorder or depression.
FACT: Quitting smoking does not worsen depression, PTSD, psychiatric hospitalization rate, or suicidality.
MYTH: Tobacco is needed to stabilize mood and "calm" patients who are stressed. Patients will become disruptive and belligerent if they stop using tobacco.
FACT: Smoking bans in psychiatric settings do not increase, and may even decrease, aggressiveness or negative behavior in patients.