July 1st marks the official start to CODAC’s agency-wide Smoke & Tobacco Free Campus Policy.
In continuing a commitment to providing a safe, healthy and healing environment to staff, members and visitors, CODAC is among the growing list of healthcare providers to adopt an entirely smoke and tobacco free policy.
As an organization that supports health, wellness and recovery, CODAC recognizes that smoking poses a serious health risk.
Statistics show that 75 percent of people with serious mental illnesses are tobacco dependent and nearly 40 percent of staff in mental health and substance abuse facilities smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for nearly one of every five deaths each year in the United States.
Staff, interns, volunteers, members and other visitors of CODAC will not be able to smoke, use any tobacco product or e-cigarette on CODAC property (including inside personal vehicles on the property). Anyone wishing to use tobacco products may do so off-site.
CODAC will connect staff and members with resources available to assist in smoking cessation. One great resource available is the the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline (ASHLine), a free service that provides unlimited access to affordable tobacco cessation options, including free telephone counseling and FDA approved medications. ASHLine is available by phone at 1-800-55-66-222 or www.ashline.org.
If you are a CODAC member and are interested in quitting smoking, contact your Recovery Coach or Care Manager for tools to help you quit.