Smoking and Mental Illness

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Smoking among U.S. adults with mental illness 70 percent higher than for adults with no mental illness

Studies show need for enhanced prevention and quitting efforts for people with mental illness

February 6, 2013

Adults with some form of mental illness have a smoking rate 70 percent higher than adults with no mental illness, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The report finds that 36 percent of adults with a mental illness are cigarette smokers, compared with only 21 percent of adults who do not have a mental illness.




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