Smoking cessation among people with mental illness: A South African perspective

South African Family Practice

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Title Smoking cessation among people with mental illness: A South African perspective
Creator Morar, Tejil Robertson, Lesley
Subject Family medicine, primary health care, psychiatry smoking; tobacco; smoking cessation; mental illness; South Africa
Description Tobacco use is recognised as a serious, worldwide public health concern. Smoking cessation is of great interest across a wide range of medical specialities, including family medicine. However, smoking cessation among people with mental illness (PWMI) has attracted scant attention in South African literature. This is despite PWMI suffering disproportionately from the damages of tobacco. The harms of smoking are not limited to physical health but extend to mental health. This article discusses the need for multifaceted smoking cessation treatments for PWMI in the public health sector, taking into consideration the prevalence and unique drivers of smoking in this population. A brief overview of patterns of tobacco use, associated harms and smoking cessation interventions in South Africa is given; all within the context of mental illness.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2022-08-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Narrative review
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v64i1.5489
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 64, No 1 (2022): Part 3; 9 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa 2021 People with mental illness
Rights Copyright (c) 2022 Tejil Morar, Lesley Robertson