MHA is Tobacco Free
Bethany Anderson on 02/01/2016
As a health care provider, MHA is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all individuals and to promoting positive, healthy behaviors; effective 1/1/2016 all MHA properties became 100% tobacco-free environments.
Did you know?:
- Smoking related diseases are the #1 preventable deaths each year
- Individuals with mental illness are 70% more likely to smoke
- Individuals with mental illness die 25 years earlier
To help transition our culture and to further assist our consumers to achieve their tobacco cessation goals, MHA applied for and was awarded funding through the Kansas Health Foundation to begin the Tobacco Treatment and Recovery Program. This funding will enable MHA to have several staff trained as Tobacco Treatment Specialists; train all staff to identify those individuals who wish to cease tobacco use and how to help them achieve this goal; implement 1:1 and group interventions targeting tobacco addiction; and raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco addiction and use.