Mental illness, smoking cigarettes linked?

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cigaretteNearly 46 million American adults are mentally ill, and federal health officials say one in three of them smoke cigarettes.

That compares to about one in five smokers among adults without mental illness.

Adults with mental illness smoke about a third of all the cigarettes in the U.S.  They smoke more cigarettes per month and are significantly less likely to quit than people without mental illness.

The report is based on information from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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  • Disappointed

    oh, I'm sorry, my bad – I thought there was an actual article here… not a paragraph just repeating a fairly useless correlation. Is it due to the fact Nicotine is a stimulant and effectively works like a short term anti-depressant? which potentially makes a statement about our country's attitude towards accepting, and providing help to the mentally ill? Or that often when the mentally ill are admitted to a care facility, the first thing given to them is a pack of smokes… Or is it something more simple, like a chemical imbalance makes you more prone to drastic behaviors, including being more susceptible to addiction… there is a lot of fodder in this data for a valuable discussion if you wanna do research and you know… like actually be a journalist. But then – who wants to ask thought provoking questions, and do real work in the age of reality TV and twitter? SOME effort would be nice… we've already lost qualitative analysis with our TV news, print heading that way too?