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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE LINKS BETWEEN SMOKING AND MENTAL ILLNESS?

Thanks to the TMA Department of Public Health for collecting these interesting stats:

  • Rates of smoking are two to four times higher among people with psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders.
  • Nearly 41 percent of people who reported having a mental illness within the last month smoked.
  • 60 percent of current smokers report a past or current history of a mental health diagnosis sometime in their lifetime.
  • Quit rates among smokers with any history of mental health diagnoses are significantly lower than smokers with no history of mental illness.

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