New methods to help stop smoking discussed in La Crosse

Decreasing smoking rates brought together behavioral health professionals today in La Crosse.

The Coulee Recovery Center hosted training on The Bucket Approach to stop smoking.

The Bucket Approach creates a tailored plan depending on someone’s willingness to quit smoking.

40 percent of cigarettes sold in the United States are sold to the United State’s Behavioral Health population.

The training addresses the needs of people with behavioral health concerns.

“Recognizing that they have less resources to apply, go a little bit slower, be more methodical about getting ready to quit. Still have the ultimate outcome is to quit, but use the same medications, the same counciling strategies, work just as well,” said Bruce Christiansen, Senior Scientist with the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

Half of tobacco related deaths are among people with mental illnesses.

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