Cigarette smoking and interest in quitting among consumers at a Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Service in Victoria

Aust N Z J Public Health. 2008 Oct;32(5):479-81. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00283.x.


Objective: To gather information on smoking rates and interest in smoking cessation among consumers at a Psychiatric Disability Rehabilitation and Support Service (PDRSS).

Method: A questionnaire was offered to all consumers at Neami Victoria by support staff in March 2007. Two hundred and eighty people (81%) completed the survey. Relationships between categorical variables were analysed using Fischer's exact test (p=0.05).

Results: Sixty-two per cent of consumers were smokers. Twelve per cent had previously quit smoking. PDRS consumers smoked 50% more than the general population and high rates (17%) of illegal tobacco smoking were identified. Fifty-nine per cent of smokers wanted to quit while 74% wanted to reduce.

Conclusions: While smoking rates were almost four times higher than the general population, interest in quitting and cutting down was also high.

Implications: Opportunities exist for public health advocates to collaborate with PDRSSs to increase knowledge related to smoking harms, and to reduce smoking in this group.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Diagnosis, Dual (Psychiatry)
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Disability
  • Intention
  • Male
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Mentally Ill Persons / psychology*
  • Mentally Ill Persons / statistics & numerical data
  • Middle Aged
  • Rehabilitation Centers*
  • Schizophrenia / complications
  • Schizophrenia / rehabilitation
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Smoking Cessation / psychology*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / epidemiology
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / prevention & control*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / psychology
  • Victoria / epidemiology