SAMHSA publishes tobacco cessation toolkit for substance use disorder treatment programs
The toolkit is composed of three pieces:
Implementing Tobacco Cessation Programs in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings: A Quick Guide for Program Directors and Clinicians
This guide contains an overview of the harms of tobacco use and the benefits of tobacco cessation and a smoke-free workplace. It also includes tips for SUD treatment settings to begin implementing their own tobacco cessation programs.
Quitting Tobacco – Help your Clients to a Healthier Life (for providers)
This pamphlet contains reasons to combine smoking cessation and SUD treatment, client testimonials, and resources for implementing a tobacco cessation program. It also explains the benefits of tobacco cessation programs to the provider program.
You Can Quit Tobacco – Benefits and Tips for Quitting for Good (for clients)
This pamphlet contains information on the health benefits that come with quitting tobacco, as well as the benefits to quitting tobacco while achieving recovery from SUD.
“Smoking cessation in substance use disorder treatment can increase a person’s chances for long-term recovery and reduces risks of smoking related illnesses,” said Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. “This toolkit gives providers information on implementing a tobacco cessation program in their practice.”
The rate of tobacco-related deaths is substantially higher for people with substance use disorder (SUD) as compared with the general population. Despite this, in 2016 nearly 53 percent of substance abuse treatment facilities in the United States did not offer tobacco cessation services. Aside from the many known health benefits of quitting, tobacco cessation increases the odds of long-term abstinence from illicit drug use.
For information on quitting tobacco use, tobacco control resources, and SAMHSA’s tobacco use prevention efforts, visit: www.samhsa.gov/atod/