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Tobacco Dependence Branch Community   APNA members must log in to view members only content.   Tobacco Dependence: Failure to Act = Harm The time to act is now. The American Psychiatric Nurses Association formed a Tobacco Dependence Task Force (now a branch of the Addictions Council), held a summit, created a partnership with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center and set a target to increase by 5% every year the 61% of psychiatric nurses surveyed who refer (assist) smokers to treatment and the 29% who provide an intensive intervention.

Psychiatric Nurses as Champions for Smoking Cessation Approved by APNA Board of Directors October 14, 2008   Introduction This paper provides the rationale for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association position that Failure to Act on Tobacco Dependence Equals Harm. Partnering with the International Nurses Society on Addiction and the International Society for Psychiatric Nursing, this position advocates and provides direction for, changes in practice and education for nurses caring for patients who smoke, in both specialty and general care settings. The organization recognizes the devastating effects of smoking, especially among the patients/clients served by nurses employed in mental health settings, and seeks to motivate psychiatric nurses to increase their individual provider knowledge and skills, educate students and fellow practitioners, and implement change in employing institutions.

Failure to Act on Tobacco Dependence Equals Harm APNA recognizes the devastating effects of smoking, especially among the clients served by nurses employed in mental health settings. SAMHSA reports that, compared with the general population, people with mental or substance use disorders are more likely to smoke, buy cigarettes, and get sick or die of tobacco-related causes.Through these expert-vetted resources and education, we seek to empower psychiatric-mental health nurses to increase their individual provider knowledge and skills, educate students and fellow practitioners, and implement change in employing institutions.



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