The National Council for Behavioral Health operates the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco & Cancer Control in partnership with Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, Michigan Public Health Institute and Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. NBHN is 1 of 8 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Networks that ignite action to eliminate tobacco- and cancer-related disparities. NBHN serves as a resource hub for health care professionals seeking to combat disparities specifically impacting people with mental illnesses and addictions.
Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the U.S. and the incidence is significantly higher among individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Access to resources to support evidence-based tobacco control policies, systems and environmental change can eliminate tobacco disparities and promote equitable change in tobacco control. The NBHN for Tobacco and Cancer Control has developed a new toolkit to serve both as a guide and call to action to strengthen Public health focus on identifying and addressing tobacco-related health disparities among individuals with mental health and substance use disorders.