Mental Health Advocacy Perspectives on Tobacco Cessation
- People with SMI are 2x as likely to smoke
- People with schizophrenia are 3-4x as likely to smoke
- People with SMI die 25 years younger due largely to conditions caused or worsened by smoking
- Smokers with schizophrenia spend >1/4 of their total income on cigarettes.
Tobacco use interferes with psychiatric medications. Even highly addicted smokers with mental illness can quit and are more likely to succeed with a combination of medications and behavioral therapy