Smoking rates higher among the mentally ill

Smoking rates higher among the mentally ill

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Smoking rates higher among the mentally ill

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by KING 5 HealthLink

KING5.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 2:47 AM

Smoking rates are significantly higher among adults with a mental illness.

A new report from the CDC finds adults with some form of mental illness have smoking rates 70 percent higher than those without an illness. They smoke more cigarettes each month and are less likely to quit.

Experts say one in five Americans has a mental illness, defined as a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder. The researchers say more effort needs to be made to combat smoking among this population and promote anti-smoking options.

Read the full report: CDC: Smoking and Mental Illness

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