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Smoking Reduction for Persons with Mental Illnesses: 6-Month Results from Community-Based Intr.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Morris CD, Waxmonsky JA, May MG, Tinkelman DG, Dickinson M, Giese AA. Community Ment Health J. 2011 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]

This study compared two tobacco cessation interventions for persons with mental illnesses: a telephone quitline (with NRT) and a community-based group counseling intervention. Six months after enrollment in services, both groups had reduced their tobacco use significantly, and the overall intent-to-treat quit rate was 7%. However, participants who received both quitline services and the group counseling intervention were significantly more likely to have reduced their tobacco use by 50%. Treatment also had other positive impacts: tobacco dependence, depressive symptoms, and psychotic symptoms decreased significantly for all treatment groups. At the same time, health and mental health functioning improved. The authors conclude that commonly available tobacco cessation services are effective for people with mental illnesses.

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