February 6th, 2013
According to the New York Times, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a study on smokers and found that it is more common for those who suffer from a mental illness to be smokers then those who do not have a mental illness. Adults with mental illness are also less likely to quit smoking, and they will most likely die of smoking before they die of their mental illness. This report came from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and excluded people who have substance abuse problems, developmental problems, are in a psychiatric hospital or in the military. Possible reasons for the large number of mentally ill people who smoke are marketing, and cigarettes being used as a symbol of behavior improvement for those in psych wards.
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