Mental Health Disorders and Evidence Based Smoking Cessation Interventions

3/1/2021 - 3/1/2024



In this module effectively treating tobacco abuse among the vulnerable population of people with mental health disorders (MHD).  The goal of this module is to increase tobacco treatment providers' understanding, confidence, and impactfulness in treating patients with MHD.  Information is presented in 2 videos.

In the first video, we illuminate the rates of smoking among people with MHD and the disproportionate provision of smoking cessation treatment.  We expose the influence of societal biases on health care providers' assumptions about the quitting smoking ability of people with MHD.  We consider how these biases can create provider-based barriers to patients accessing tobacco cessation treatment. 

In the second video, we identify and describe the specific challenges the MHD of anxiety, depression, eating disorders and schizophrenia present to patients' willingness to try quitting smoking.  We describe ways to address and minimize provider biases and patient fears to minimize the gap in smoking cessation services to people with MHD.  Finally, we present a model that facilitates impactful smoking cessation treatment for patients MHD. 

Module Objectives

  • Recall the incidence and impact of smoking on people with mental health disorders (MHD).
  • Recall the provider related factors contributing to the gap in smoking cessation treatment offered to patients with mental health disorders
  • Recall patients’ concerns about the challenges of quitting smoking with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and schizophrenia.
  • Identify best practices for smoking cessation treatment for patients with anxiety, depression, eating disorders and schizophrenia.

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