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

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. According to the report, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States – about 45.7 million Americans—have some type of mental illness. Among adults with mental illness, smoking prevalence is especially high among younger adults, American Indians and Alaska Natives, those living below the poverty line, and those with lower levels of education. Differences also exist across states, with prevalence ranging from 18.2 percent in Utah to 48.7 percent in West Virginia.

–Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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