Evaluation of Community-Based Cessation Programs: How Do Smokers with Behavioral Health Conditions Fare?

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Though persons with behavioral health conditions experience large disparities in tobacco use, questions about the efficacy of evidence-based tobacco use treatment remain understudied in community health settings. This evaluation examined outcomes from eight community-based tobacco cessation programs for participants with and without behavioral health conditions (n = 974 participants). The majority (64.8%) of participants reported one or more current behavioral health conditions, including mental illness and/or substance abuse. Participants who used cessation medication during the program and who attended more counseling sessions had an increased likelihood of being quit at 4-month follow-up. Quit rates were between 9.8% (intent-to-treat rate) and 30.6% (responder rate); behavioral health status did not negatively affect reported quit rates. Findings add to the growing literature evaluating community-based interventions within the behavioral health population.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Meernik, C; McCullough, A; Ranney, L; Walsh, B; Goldstein, AO

Published Date

  • February 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 158 - 165

PubMed ID

  • 28770359

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-2789

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0010-3853

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10597-017-0155-2


  • eng