Adolescent Addiction

The News Transcript published a piece advocating for the implementation of a comprehensive, collaborative effort to help mental health patients in New Jersey quit smoking. According to the article, “Persons with mental illness account for more than one-third of adult smokers in the United States,” and this rate has remained stable in spite of an overall decline in tobacco use over the past five decades.

Jill M. Williams M.D., professor of psychiatry at Rutgers’ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and other experts agree that a collaborative effort between mental health service providers and government-sponsored tobacco control programs would be the best course to combat reliance on tobacco among mental health populations, according to the report. Such collaboration would include working together to improve education and access to smoking cessation programs. [click to continue…]