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Addictions and Mental Health Tobacco Freedom

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The AMH Tobacco Freedom Initiative:

In October 2009, at a convention called Tobacco Freedom, Oregon leaders, community stakeholders and consumer advocates created an initiative with new strategies to improve access to and participation in tobacco cessation treatment plans for both mental health and addiction services. The AMH Tobacco Freedom Initiative is a step toward assisting individuals to achieve personal health and wellness. The initiative includes a policy that addresses tobacco-free AMH funded residential facilities and resources for education and tobacco cessation.

On average, people with mental health diagnosis are dying 25 years earlier.

In many cases, these early deaths can be attributed to cardiovascular disease resulting from high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol and triglycerides, metabolic disorders, and other cardiovascular risk factors hastened by tobacco use.

People with mental health diagnoses purchase almost half of the cigarettes consumed in this country.

To address this startling disparity, Tobacco Freedom establishes tobacco free treatment settings and tobacco cessation services and supports, including:

  • Providing individuals receiving services and employees with tobacco-free environments.
  • Promoting alternatives to tobacco use.
  • Increasing access to peer-based and other tobacco cessation resources and supports.
  • Improving discharge planning to promote sustained tobacco cessation and healthy lifestyles in recovery.

Tobacco Freedom Information:

Information and Resources

A Report of the Surgeon General: How tobacco smoke causes disease - the biology and behavioral basis for smoking-attributable disease.

Toolkits and Resources


Oregon Quit Lines:

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AMH Wellness Initiative

For more information on the AMH Tobacco Freedom Initiative, contact LuAnn Meulink at luann.e.meulink@state.or.us or call (503) 945-6289.