Tobacco Ban Implementation in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs

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Muilenburg, J. L., Laschober, T. C., & Eby, L. T. (in press). Prevalence of and factors related to tobacco ban implementation in substance use disorder treatment programs. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

This study examined the prevalence of and factors (psychological climate for change and staff attributes) related to indoor and outdoor tobacco bans for patients, employees, and visitors in U.S. substance use disorder treatment programs. Data were collected from a random sample of 1,026 program administrators. Almost all programs banned tobacco use indoors and around one third banned tobacco use outdoors. When there was no tobacco ban, the majority of programs restricted smoking to designated indoor and/or outdoor areas. Further, all psychological climate for change factors (perceived program support, perceived tobacco culture, and tobacco ban beliefs) but none of the staff attributes (percentage licensed/certified clinicians, percentage clinicians with master’s degrees, total staff with education in health-related field) were significantly related to the implementation of comprehensive tobacco bans (both indoors and outdoors).

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