Tobacco use continues to be the largest cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet nearly one in five Americans still smoke. Individuals with mental or substance use disorders smoke at even higher rates, causing many to die too early from preventable, smoking-related health problems. That’s why supporting the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual Great American Smokeout on November 21, 2013, is a great way to get involved.
According to SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) Report, use of cigarettes in the past month was more likely among adults with mental illness than among those who did not have mental illness (36.1 percent vs. 21.4 percent).
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts® campaign to SAMHSA’s “New Frontiers in Smoking Cessation To Support Wellness Among People With Mental Health Problems” presentation, learn more about all the resources that can help you get involved in the Great American Smokeout this year.