Tobacco-Related Disparities: People Living with Behavioral Health Conditions

It is estimated that approximately one in four U.S. adults have a behavioral health condition.

Behavioral health conditions include both mental health disorders (conditions that affect a person's thinking, feeling, mood, or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia) and substance abuse disorders (conditions that include frequent or repeated use of alcohol, drugs, or both to the extent that they lead to health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school or home).

People who have behavioral health disorders are more likely to smoke and to use more tobacco each day. In the United States, people who have mental illness buy 40 percent of all cigarettes sold. Still, 70 percent of people with behavioral health disorders say they want to quit tobacco someday.

The MDHHS Tobacco Control Program partners with community mental health agencies and behavioral health organizations to provide resources and training designed to help people reach their goal of quitting tobacco.

If you are interested in participating in future collaborative efforts to reduce commercial tobacco use among people living with behavioral health conditions, please contact us at 517-335-8376.


The Michigan Tobacco Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW) can provide support for individuals who want to quit smoking.

For additional resources and webinars, please visit our MDHHS Tobacco Control Program Online Tobacco Resource Library page.

More data and reports related to commercial tobacco use and quitting rates can be found on our Data & Statistics About Tobacco in Michigan webpage.

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