Reduce number of smokers by treating mental illness?

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Reduce number of smokers by treating mental illness?
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Wed, 03-20-2013 - 9:47am

According to Health Day News, adults with a mental illness make up a large percentage of the smoking population. "Adults with a mental illness or a substance-abuse disorder represent about 25 percent of the U.S. population but account for nearly 40 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the country, according to a new study.

The researchers also said that the smoking rate among adults aged 18 and older with a mental illness or substance-abuse disorder is about 38 percent, compared with just under 20 percent for those without these conditions.

This means that the current rate of smoking among adults with a mental illness or a substance-abuse disorder is 94 percent higher than among adults without the disorders, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report." more

Does this mean we can reduce the number of smokers by treating mental illness?

Karla
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Thu, 03-21-2013 - 11:54am

"Does this mean we can reduce the number of smokers by treating mental illness?"

That certainly makes sense to me. Most people I know who smoked, myself included, deal with depression. I am now being treated for depression and I have been smoke free for several weeks now. There definitely seems to be something to it.