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Behavioral Health
Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

Tobacco use remains the single most preventable cause of death — causing about 480,000 deaths per year in the United States. Almost half of these deaths are people with mental health and substance use disorders. About 44% of all cigarettes sold in the U.S. are consumed by people with substance use and/or mental health disorders. Nationally, 77-93% of people in addiction treatment settings use tobacco, a range more than triple the national average.

SCLC’s goal is to promote health and wellness among behavioral health consumers and staff. To this end, the SCLC is building partnerships between behavioral health and tobacco cessation services to increase nicotine dependence treatment resources in communities. SCLC and partners are working together to provide training and technical assistance to behavioral health providers and consumers to raise awareness of the many benefits smoking cessation efforts and to increase the understanding of effective smoking cessation strategies.

For more information on the SCLC behavioral health initiative or to see how you can get involved contact Catherine Saucedo or Christine Cheng, email csaucedo@medicine.ucsf.edu or ccheng@medicine.ucsf.edu.

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