How extensively are tobacco use policies implemented at behavioral health and substance treatment facilities? A pilot investigation

Yue Xie, Ray G. Newman, Dhitinut Ratnapradipa

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Abstract

Objective: In this study, we assessed the implementation of tobacco use policies, the offering of tobacco cessation services, and the awareness of availability of tobacco cessation resources by Mississippi behavioral health and substance abuse facilities. Methods: Behavioral health and substance abuse treatment facilities were identified from the published Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Treatment Resources Directory (ADPTRD) and a 52-question survey was electronically disseminated to 43 identified facilities. Results: Ten facilities responded (23.3%). Tobacco use policies were in place at 8 facilities, but most were not tobacco-free (70%). Additionally, only 3 offered cessation services. The barriers to implementing a tobacco use policy and offering cessation services were lack of resources and lack of patient demand. Conclusion: A stronger governmental policy mandate against smoking in this type of facility and expanded funding for tobacco cessation treatments would likely result in increased compliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)440-451
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Behavior and Policy Review
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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