The Dangers of Smoking: Mentally Ill Smoke Three Times More Than National Average

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The Dangers of Smoking: Mentally Ill Smoke Three Times More Than National Average

June 8, 2015   Smoking and mental illness are tightly linked, according to a report by Public Health England.  An estimated 64 per cent of mental health patients are addicted to tobacco, compared to 18.4 per cent of the general population.  On top of that, 30 per cent of the nation’s smokers are thought to have some kind of psychiatric disorder, which is three times higher than the national average. The researchers say this is the main reason the lives of mentally ill people are usually between 10 and 20 years shorter.

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