Skyland Trail recognizes that smoking and the use of nicotine products is detrimental to the health and safety of everyone. This organization supports an environment where employees, patients, visitors, partners, and vendors are not exposed to the harmful effects of direct tobacco use or secondhand smoke and are supported in efforts to live nicotine- and tobacco-free. Skyland Trail is a 100% smoke and nicotine- free campus, effective November 15, 2018.
The Nicotine-Free Campus prohibits all smoking, vaping and the use of all tobacco and nicotine products, except those approved for use in smoking cessation strategies.
If clinically indicated, clients are enrolled in the nicotine cessation program as part of their treatment. Clients receive support to quit using nicotine products, including peer support, education, and mindfulness groups; educational materials; support to obtain and use nicotine replacement products; and prescriptions for medications as indicated.
What does smoking or vaping have to do with mental health?
Helping patients quit smoking or stop using nicotine products is a critical component of promoting long-term health, preventing chronic disease, and ensuring that medications and interventions for psychiatric health are effective.
Ensuring a healthy future means being nicotine free. The most common causes of death among people with mental illness are heart disease, cancer, and lung disease, which can all be caused by smoking.
Nicotine affects mood. Nicotine has mood-altering effects that can temporarily mask the negative symptoms of mental illness. Nicotine may affect an accurate assessment of active symptoms.
Smoking affects psychosis. An increasing body of research indicates that daily tobacco use is associated with increased risk of psychosis and an earlier age at onset of psychotic illness.
Nicotine interacts with many psychiatric medications. Tobacco smoke can interact with and inhibit the effectiveness of certain medications taken by mental health and substance abuse patients.
Nicotine use by young adults may be particularly harmful. According to a 2016 Surgeon General’s report, “Compared with older adults, the brain of youth and young adults is more vulnerable to the negative consequences of nicotine exposure. The effects include addiction, priming for use of other addictive substances, reduced impulse control, deficits in attention and cognition, and mood disorders.”