Susanville-Lassen Behavioral Health takes huge stride to support health and wellness in Lassen County

Lassen County Behavioral Health adopted a 100 percent smoke and tobacco-free policy. This increases support for clients who want to quit. To further recovery and community wellness, tobacco and nicotine use is not permitted. This policy covers all behavioral health and wellness center properties. Chewing tobacco, cigarettes, vapes, and all other forms are included. Lassen Behavioral Health will decrease health inequities by increasing tobacco screening and treatment access.

This is a huge leap towards building a healthier community. Tobacco has a long history of false advertising. Tobacco and nicotine target people with mental illnesses. The tobacco industry falsely claims tobacco reduces stress. However, nicotine addiction increases stress.

Nicotine addiction is a major problem for mental health. Fortunately, quitting tobacco is as effective as antidepressants at treating anxiety and depression. Quitting puts an end to the frequent nicotine withdrawals that addiction creates. Tobacco use is the most frequent cause of death in behavioral health clients. If you want to quit, call (800) 890-1668 for support.

Lassen Behavioral Health partnered with The Smoke Free High Country Project, part of the California Health Collaborative, on this initiative. The Smoke Free High Country Project partners with healthcare facilities, colleges, and policymakers to reduce tobacco use. To see how your organization can join the fight against tobacco, contact Smoke Free High Country’s Project Director, Amanda Berryhill at [email protected]