Complications From Smoking Shortening Lives Of People With Mental Illness.

US News & World Report (10/31, Leonard) reports that, according to a viewpoint articlepublished online Oct. 30 in JAMA Psychiatry, “complications from smoking, such as heart disease, lung disease and cancer,” appear to be shortening the lives of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In fact, people with mental illnesses appear to smoke at twice the rate of people without mental disorders. Researchers point “to the acceptance of smoking in treatment facilities, the physical needs of someone who has a mental illness, the lack of collaboration between behavioral health and public health agencies and insufficient Medicaid funding for tobacco control.”

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— “An Ignored Group of Smokers: People With Mental Illness, “Kimberly Leonard, US News & World Report, October 30, 2013.

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