This July, Trilogy is proud to celebrate our second year as a smoke-free campus! Tobacco use kills 10 people per minute, which is nearly six million people per year. About 45% of annual tobacco-related deaths in the U.S. occur among patients with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Individuals who live below the poverty line are over 40% more likely to smoke than those above the poverty line and addiction is most likely to affect those with the least amount of information about the health risks and the least access to cessation services.
Today, Trilogy joined the American Cancer Society in support of their Great American Smokeout, an event which happens every year on the third Thursday of November. The American Cancer Society encourages smokers to participate in the Great American Smokeout and to use it to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, people with mental illness are 70 percent more likely to smoke cigarettes than people without mental illness. People with mental illness may be less able to navigate the health care system to get to the doctors, support groups, or cessation tools that can help them quit. And, despite the significant health risks, many doctors and clinicians view smoking as a problem that is secondary to managing symptoms of mental illness.1