Integrating tobacco cessation interventions into mental health, substance use and anti-violence services

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Women and girls with substance use problems, mental illness or experience of violence and trauma are much more likely to be smokers than the general population. These high smoking rates for women with co-existing mental health, addictions and violence related concerns are disturbing. They provide a strong rationale for integrating education on the links and risks, as well as integrated support for smoking cessation in treatment programming for women on these related issues.

Between April 2010 and March 2011, researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, in collaboration with community partners, conducted a study on the feasibility of integrating tobacco treatment and support within mental health, addictions and sexual violence services, in a gender informed way.

The study included focus groups with service providers and with smokers, and a review of the literature on tobacco cessation in the mental health, substance use, and trauma treatment fields.

Read a summary of this research on their website.