University of Arkansas Birmingham Spinal Cord Injury Model System (UAB-SCIMS) Format Online article Topics discussed are the secondary complications related to spinal cord injury (SCI), which include pressure sores, bone loss, pain, and reproductive health. Smoking exacerbates these secondary conditions and puts the person with spinal cord injury at greater risk of complications. … Read More »»
Confronting a neglected epidemic: tobacco cessation for persons with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems.
Tobacco use exerts a huge toll on persons with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders, accounting for 200,000 of the annual 443,000 annual tobacco-related deaths in the United States. Persons with chronic mental illness die 25 years earlier than the general population does, and smoking is the major contributor to that premature mortality. This population… Read More »»
The Center for Research on Women with Disabilities (CROWD) Baylor College of Medicine Format Health promotion campaign With funding from the Houston Endowment, Inc., CROWD faculty and staff have produced materials in English and Spanish about barriers to health care, its consequences for women with physical disabilities and barriers to resolving the… Read More »»
“Smoking Rates Highest Among People with Disabilities: Health Disparities Persist Among People with Disabilities,” October 4, 2007 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Format Press release This press release outlines the results of a 2007 study of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on preventing chronic disease; the main… Read More »»
Feb 12, 2009 National Multiple Sclerosis Society Format Online news article This article describes the smoking cessation efforts of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Minnesota Chapter, which offers smoking cessation informational sessions at various MS educational programs, a list of resources at www.MSsociety.org, and weeklong MS Camp programs that are now… Read More »»
“Bringing Everyone Along: a Resource Guide for Health Professionals Providing Tobacco Cessation Services for People with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders” by Wendy Bjornson, MPH, Elizabeth White, MPA, Tobacco Cessation Leadership Network, Oregon Health & Science University, Smoking Cessation Center, January 2008 The Tobacco Cessation Leadership Network, with funding from the American Legacy Foundation… Read More »»
CHOICES (Consumers Helping Others Improve their Condition by Ending Smoking) University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Format Program CHOICES, a consumer-driven program for smokers with mental illness in New Jersey, strives to increase awareness of the importance of addressing tobacco use and creating a strong… Read More »»
Advocate Illinois: Helping Deaf Americans Quit Smoking Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, with funding from the American Legacy Foundation and other organizations Format Deaf and hard of hearing behavioral health program According to the program’s website, data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics in 2000-2006 through the National Health Interview… Read More »»
Importance of the field: Patients with a psychiatric diagnosis have a higher prevalence of smoking compared to the general population. Varenicline is a first-line pharmacotherapy option to assist in smoking cessation. Clinical trials during drug development excluded patients with active psychiatric illnesses leaving the risks associated with varenicline use in this patient population unknown. Areas… Read More »»
Smoking expectancies and intention to quit in smokers with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and non-psychiatric controls.
Cigarette smoking expectancies are systematically related to intention to quit smoking in adult smokers without psychiatric illness, but little is known about these relationships in smokers with serious mental illness. In this study, we compared positive and negative smoking expectancies, and examined relationships between expectancies and intention to quit smoking, in smokers with schizophrenia (n=46),… Read More »»