On average, people with mental health diagnosis are dying 25 years earlier.
In many cases, these early deaths can be attributed to cardiovascular disease resulting from high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides, metabolic disorders, and other cardiovascular risk factors hastened by tobacco use.
People with mental health diagnoses purchase almost half of the cigarettes consumed in this country.
In October 2009, at a convention called Tobacco Freedom, Oregon leaders, community stakeholders and consumer advocates created an initiative with new strategies to improve access to and participation in tobacco cessation treatment plans for both mental health and addiction services.
Here is where you can learn more, Addictions and Mental Health Tobacco Freedom.
What Were They
“Very few consumers are aware of the effects of nicotine, i.e., its addictive nature and that nicotine is a poison.”
H.D. Steele, Brown and Williamson