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People with mental illness can tackle tobacco.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Ashton M, Miller CL, Bowden JA, Bertossa S. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2010 Nov;44(11):1021-8.
This study tested a smoking reduction and cessation intervention tailored for people with significant disability associated with mental illness. The intervention was a 10-week group counseling program facilitated by mental health workers and peer workers and was promoted through mental health services, primary care providers, and the Quitline phone service. Of the 183 participants who attended at least one session, 80% reported they did not smoke for at least 24 hours. At 12-months, 17% reported they were not smoking. Cigarette use declined over the course of the study, and maintained reductions at 12 months. Those still smoking at 12 months were very motivated to try to quit (84% reported wanting to try again). The authors conclude that a program tailored to meet the specific needs of people with significant mental illness can be effective at helping many to quit or reduce their tobacco use.

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