This study tested a new program for helping smokers with severe mental illness to reduce their tobacco use, together with determining the feasibility of such research in community mental health settings in Australia. Five Neami National sites trialled a Consumer Centred Tobacco Management program called Kick the Habit (n = 34). The intervention included two weeks of free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (patches only) but participants also used a variety of self-funded delivery types in addition or as an alternative to the subsidised nicotine patch. At the 3-month follow-up, Kick the Habit participants had reduced their number of daily cigarettes, dependency levels and average weekly expenditure on tobacco. Although a larger study is required, Kick the Habit represents a promising intervention for tobacco management in community mental health services. The challenges and lessons learnt for scaling up to a larger trial and integration into business-as-usual practice across multiple sites are discussed.
November 11, 2016