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Maxine ASHTON

Year of Award: 2010 Award State: South Australia Health And Medicine > Mental Health
Social Welfare > Drugs, Alcohol And Substances
To investigate international approaches that effectively help people with mental illness to quit tobacco - USA, Canada
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In Australia there are some excellent services to help people with mental illness to tackle tobacco, but gaps remain. While rates of tobacco smoking have diminished in the general community, they remain high for people with a mental illness. As a result, their rates for poor physical health are worse, as well as the detrimental effects of reduced life expectancy and the financial drain of an addiction.

South Australian, Maxine Ashton visited the United States and Canada in 2010 to investigate approaches in these places to help people with mental illnesses to stop smoking tobacco. She was able to incorporate what she learned into the work of the Tobacco and Mental Illness Project in South Australia. As part of her implementation strategy that organisation is distributing two books, Now I Can Smell the Orange Blossom and Tobacco Free – A guide to supporting people with a mental illness to tackle tobacco.

(an excerpt from "Inspiring Australians" 2015)

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