New Guide Helps Smoking Cessation Efforts in Substance Abuse Programs

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a new guide to help health professionals with tobacco cessation efforts.

The guide, Implementing Tobacco Cessation Programs in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings – A Quick Guide for Program Directors and Clinicians, is now available for free download.

The new guide notes research that found cigarette smoking is very common among people with substance use problems. Past-month smoking was reported by 74 percent of people ages 12 and older who received SUD treatment in the past year—a rate approximately three times higher than that for people who did not receive treatment in the same period.

The rate of tobacco-related deaths is substantially higher for people who have received SUD treatment services compared with the general population.

But less than half of all U.S. substance use disorder treatment facilities offer tobacco cessation services.

Download the guide now. For more information visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.