In California, the smoking rate is 11% - however, the behavioral health population is disproportionately affected. The smoking rate among those with poor mental health is 19.4%, almost double the rate of the general population.
The California Behavioral Health and Wellness Initiative (CABHWI) will help create equal access to cessation services for all smokers in California, specifically those with a behavioral health condition.
Through this initiative, the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center at the University of California San Francisco will provide in-person training, customized virtual training, and education through webinars, technical assistance, and social marketing targeting behavioral health agencies, providers, and the clients they serve throughout the state of California.
Smoking is a health equity issue. UCSF-SCLC aims to eradicate smoking, which has become increasingly concentrated in vulnerable and underserved communities.