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“Smoking and mental health, what’s the connection?”

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This July 15, 2014 article on TheGuardian website in the United Kingdom talks about the high number of people with mental illnesses who smoke and looks at not only research, but offers some insight into some things that could be considered to be “cultural views” on smoking within the mental health community that have been historically seen in both the professionals and the people who are diagnosed with a mental illness.  The article also seems to say that it is harder for someone with a mental illness to quit smoking than it is for someone without a mental illness to carry out the same thing.  While researchers don’t know why this is, there is definitely a growing trend towards trying to understand this strong connection between mental illness and tobacco addiction.

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“Giving Up Smoking: The New Way to Get ‘Rich’ Quick?”

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This undated article on the Money.co.uk website offers some insight into the financial benefits of quitting smoking.

I am a former smoker myself, and when I quit, I was spending about $150 per month on smokes and was averaging about 4 or 5 cartons per month around the year 2009.  I found at that time that cost of items to help me quit was far less than what I was paying per month for smokes.  my insurance covered Chantix which worked well for me, so I think I paid $10 or less for my supply of Chantix.  I bought lots of hard candy which cost me about $10, but was very helpful when I would get cravings or feel like I needed to be doing something with my hands or mouth to keep them occupied.  The first thing I noticed after I quit was that I was less stressed due to financial issues, because I had an extra $150 to work with each month.  So even though quitting smoking was challenging, the financial reward was priceless.

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A 21 mg dose Nicoderm CQ patch applied to the left arm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products”

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This February 5, 2014 NPR “The Two-way” article talks about a decision being made by the CEO of CVS to stop the sale of tobacco products in all CVS locations by October 1.  The decision is based on their desire to promote health and wellness.  CVS is indicating that they will be offering a variety of smoking cessation tools to help those who would like to consider quitting their tobacco habit.

 

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CVS Caremark Corporation logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

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“Chantix Helped People With Mental Illness Quit Smoking Longer in Study”

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This January 7, 2014 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about research that indicates people with serious mental illnesses who used a combination of Chantix and behavioral change therapy had a great chance at successfully quitting smoking.

 

 

 

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“Walking Cure: Strolls Can Help Teen Smokers to Quit”

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This April 9, 2012 article on the TIME Health & Family website talks about a recent study that indicates an increase in physical activity may be helpful for teens to quit smoking.

 

“New CDC Vital Signs: Smoking among those with Mental Illness”

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This March 7, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the higher percentage of smokers among those in the mental health community, and suggestions from the CDC about how to approach this issues in the mental health community.

I also found a CDC video on YouTube that compliments the above link if you prefer to watch/listen to it as opposed to reading the article.

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“Program keys on tobacco, pot”

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This February 13, 2013 article on the Warren Times Observer website talks about a program being presented by Beacon Light Behavioral Health to students and the general public at Sheffield High School.  The article points out that while man think pot is safer then cigarettes, there is data indicating that the THC level is much higher in pot today then it was 20-30 years ago.

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