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Mental Health Care Professionals: Help Your Patients Quit Smoking

Mental Health Care Professionals: Help Your Patients Quit Smoking

As a mental health professional, you play an important role in fighting tobacco use and reducing its health consequences. Many smokers with mental health conditions want to quit smoking and need support and motivation from their health care providers to be successful.

Studies show that people with mental health conditions are more likely to smoke than those who don’t. Primary care and mental health care providers should routinely screen patients for tobacco use and offer evidence-based smoking cessation treatments. You can help by asking patients about their tobacco use and providing support and education about cessation to those who smoke.

The Tips From Former Smokers® (Tips®) campaign can serve a powerful conversation starter with your patients about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The Tips campaign offers resources for you and your patients to read and discuss. With the support of CDC materials, you can help more patients live smoke-free lives.

How to Help Your Patients Quit Smoking

The following resources can help your patients on their quit journey:

Resources for Your Patients and Practice

Resources for Mental Health Professionals

The following resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can help you learn more about smoking rates among people with mental health conditions and the importance of providing cessation education and support to those who want to quit: