Smokers With Behavioral Health Comorbidity Should Be Designated a Tobacco Use Disparity Group.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Williams JM, Steinberg ML, Griffiths KG, Cooperman N.
American Journal of Public Health, published online ahead of print July 18,
This commentary makes the case that smokers with
co-occurring mental illness or substance use disorders fulfill the criteria for
"priority populations” for tobacco control, as they are targeted by the tobacco
industry, have high smoking prevalence rates, suffer disproportionate economic
and health burdens from tobacco, have limited access to treatment, and
experience longer durations of smoking with less quitting. The authors claim
that the disparity in smoking rates among persons with behavioral health issues
relative to the general population will worsen over time if their needs remain unaddressed.