People with Serious Mental Illness are 2x as Likely to Smoke

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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

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