Published on December 27, 2013 at 5:02 AM
In a published editorial piece last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, Williams and her colleagues underscored the need for collaborative, sustained efforts in treating tobacco addiction. To combat reliance on tobacco in mental health populations, the experts agreed that mental health services and government-sponsored tobacco control programs must work together to improve education and access to smoking cessation programs.
"New Jersey has dedicated health professionals who are looking to work with the state on collaborative efforts that can increase opportunities for prevention and wellness services, and broaden access to smoking cessation programs through clinical care," explained Williams, who chairs the New Jersey Breathes Coalition. "Reinstating funding for a tobacco control program in the next state budget can result in comprehensive services to treat tobacco addiction and help New Jersey prevent smoking and reliance on other tobacco products for our children."
The report by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, "Broken Promises to Our Children: The 1998 State Tobacco Settlement Fifteen Years Later," can be found at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/what_we_do/state_local/tobacco_settlement/. Additional information on the effects of tobacco on the health and finances of New Jersey may be found at: http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/facts_issues/toll_us/new_jersey.
Source: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School