Addressing Tobacco Treatment in Mental and Behavioral Health Settings: A Kentucky Behavioral Health Tobacco Advocacy Grantee Training
BH WELL hosted a Policy and Advocacy Tobacco Group Training and Planning session for BH WELL grantees and their coalition members on June 9, 2021 from 9:00 AM EST - 10:00 AM EST. The presentation can be viewed on this event’s page.
Dr. Okoli discussed the importance of people recognizing tobacco treatment in the behavioral health population as normal. The tobacco companies have worked for years to target individuals living with mental illness, using psychology to market tobacco use as a way of coping and belonging while pocketing $37 billion from people living with mental illness who use tobacco products. Nicotine addiction is treatable in individuals living with mental and behavioral health challenges. While conventional methods of tobacco cessation do not work with this population, there are ways to tailor tobacco treatment so that it can be effective for individuals living with mental illness.