Nicotine use, Mental Health, Harm Reduction & Electronic Cigarettes April 10 2015

The Harm Reduction Coalition Hosts a Free Training on Nicotine Addiction and Electronic Cigarettes

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One of the most overlooked and an under treated addiction is to nicotine. Yet, cigarette smoking kills more Americans than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, murders, suicides, drugs and fires combined. People with co-occurring disorders have high rates of smoking and according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness; smoking kills about 200,000 people with a psychiatric disability every year. But now, because of the availability of a new nicotine delivery device, the electronic cigarette, we can assist smokers to reduce the harms of smoking tobacco. Studies of e-cigarette users suggest stronger affinity and satisfaction with this form of nicotine replacement therapy. E-cigarettes have the potential to save lives, extend life expectancy and to reduce or eliminate smoking related illnesses. Therefore, it’s critical that agencies providing mental health, medical and drug treatment services or supportive housing to people with a mental illness and/or a substance use issue address nicotine addiction.This half-day, multimedia workshop is designed for health care providers, front line staff who work with people with a mental illness in drug treatment and supportive housing settings, researchers, students and administrators.

 

Workshop participants will learn about:

• The brain biology of nicotine addiction

• The connection between mental illness & nicotine addiction

• The benefits of nicotine

• Explain & demonstrate how E-Cigarettes work

• Review current global research on the safety & efficacy of E-Cigarettes

• Discuss the current controversies around vaping

• The FDA, the E-Cigarette industry & the regulation of E-Cigarettes

• How to talk with clients/patients about transitioning to E-Cigarettes

• Funding issues/affordability of E-Cigarettes

• How to develop a tobacco harm reduction program in your facility

Helen Redmond LCSW has over 15 years of experience working with adults with co-occurring disorders in medical and community settings. She is a Harm Reduction Specialist at Community Access, adjunct faculty at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, and a drug policy reporter for AlterNet.

This training is FREE and will be held at Harm Reduction Coalition, 22 West 27th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001