New program can help Montanese with behavioral health issues quit smoking

New program can help Montanese with behavioral health issues quit smoking

The state health department has launched a new program to help Montanas with behavioral health issues kick their smoking habit.

State health officials say tobacco use among Montanans who report having poor mental health is twice as high as among those who do not. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with serious mental illness will die an average of 15 years earlier than the general population.

The CDC says this is largely due to conditions caused or worsened by smoking.

In response, the Montana Tobacco Quit Line launched a new behavioral health program to help people struggling with mental health issues quit all forms of commercial tobacco.

The service includes access to trained tobacco treatment coaches, two months of free nicotine replacement therapy, and three months of free prescription cessation medications.

The state health department estimates that 500 Montana residents will benefit from the new program over the next year.

For more information, visit quitnowmontana.com.


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