Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

Interesting Facts About Tobacco

In National News on April 27, 2009 at 7:41 am

Here are some interesting facts about tobacco from recent research:

  • One study suggests that smoking makes cell ages more rapidly and reduces healing in damaged lungs, which may be a factor in emphysema.
  • Smoking during pregnancy may effect the thyroid function of both mother and baby.
  • Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Tobacco has become part of prison culture, serving as both currency and stress release. Prisons need to incorporate cessation programs that address the way tobacco is interwoven in inmates’ culture.
  • Patients with bipolar disorder are 5 times more likely to be current smokers than people in the general population and 2.6 times more likely to have ever smoked. The prevalence rates of current daily smoking among patients with major depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia were 57%, 66%, and 74%, respectively. Again, cessation interventions need to target these people.


In Local News on March 17, 2009 at 7:24 am

I would consider the INFluence forum yesterday a great success. We had several volunteers help us set up and tear down, and I think I counted 24 people attending. Tom Lux had a great presentation about helping mental health and addiction patients quit smoking, and several audience members asked some really good questions.

Here’s a link to the story Times-Herald reporter Doug Rapp wrote about the event: Tobacco treated as an addiction

After the event, we asked some people to write down what they planned to do with what they learned last night. I haven’t had a chance to look through the replies yet, but I’m excited to see what these people plan to go out and do. It’s going to take all of us working together to make a change; no one person can make it happen.

To all of you who helped with the event, thank you so much. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Today’s The Big Day

In Local News on March 16, 2009 at 8:53 am

Today is the day of the INFluence event about mental health, addictions and tobacco that I have been planning with the Pike County TPC Coalition since December. Everything has gone so smoothly that I’m really excited about seeing how the event turns out this afternoon.

We’ll have booths from the Daviess County Security Center, MAIN Team, Lighthouse, Martin County Ambulance Service and Daviess County TPC, and Tom Lux and Pete Aldrich will present some very important information for our communities to consider.

I’d especially like to thank everyone who has made this event happen, including the TPC coalitions in both Daviess and Pike counties, and our partner organizations: Indiana Office of Women’s Health, Hoosier Uplands, Purdue Extension, Mental Health America, Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, Indianapolis Power and Light, Pike County Health Department, Daviess County Health Department, MAIN Team, Lighthouse Recovery Center, JAM Club, Daviess County Family YMCA, and RSVP.

Hope to see you at 4:30 today at the IPL Communications Building!

INFluence Forum: Mental Health, Addictions, and Tobacco

In Local News on March 6, 2009 at 2:49 pm

The Daviess and Pike county tobacco prevention and cessation coalitions are hosting an INFluence forum on March 16 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the IP&L Communications building on SR 57 north of Petersburg. Tom Lux of Mental Health America’s ReThink Tobacco Project will talk about strategies and support for people who struggle with these three issues. Pete Aldrich of Lighthouse Recovery Center in Washington and Petersburg will be the introductory speaker.

Several groups and organizations in both counties have helped organize this event, and a few more are setting up informational booths. This will be a great time to learn about how tobacco effects people who struggle with mental health and addictions issues, and to form a plan for how to tackle these problems. There will also be light refreshments and door prize drawings. We’re looking foward to seeing all of you there!!!

Continuing Medical Education Available

In State News on February 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

ITPC has announced the launch of a new, online CME course, “Meeting the Challenge of Tobacco Cessation for Persons with Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders.” Content for this course was developed by the faculty of the TCLN Bringing Everyone Along project.

The course is based on BEA continuing education programs and conference calls over the last year. CME credit for physicians is offered through the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Oregon Health and Science University. All health professionals completing the course will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Visit the TCLN website at to check out this new course and to see all of the resources available to assist health professionals in treating smokers with mental illness and substance use disorders. Also check the website for schedule and topic updates.