Smoking Rates Higher Among Adults with Mental Illness

Recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) show that as smoking rates decrease among the general public, smoking is a habit among more than two thirds of adults with a mental illness, which is approximately 70% higher than the general population.

Researchers also found that those with a mental illness typically started smoking at a younger age than smokers who do not have a mental illness. As well, those with a mental illness are more likely to be heavy smokers and have more difficulty quitting.

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