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Adults With Mental Illness Have Lower Rate of Decline in Smoking

(1/13/2014)

Adults With Mental Illness Have Lower Rate of Decline in Smoking
ScienceDaily
January 7, 2014

In recent years, the decline in smoking among individuals with mental illness was significantly less than among those without mental illness, although the rates of quitting smoking were greater among those receiving mental health treatment, according to a study in JAMA. "Despite significant progress made in reducing tobacco use within the general population, individuals with mental illness smoke at rates approximately twice that of adults without mental disorders and comprise more than half of nicotine-dependent smokers," according to background information in the article. Mental illness is associated with higher levels of nicotine dependence, intensity of smoking, and smoking severity (i.e., number of cigarettes/week). Tobacco cessation efforts have focused on the general population rather than individuals with mental illness.

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140107170739.htm


Keywords: adults, mental, illness, smoking, decline, treatment



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