Smoking May Be Major Driver Of Deaths Among Patients With Schizophrenia.

Medwire (8/14) reports on a study appearing in Schizophrenia Bulletin finding that “smoking is a major driver of death by natural causes among patients with schizophrenia.” Such patients were found to be “4.7 times more likely to die during follow-up averaging 6.2 years.” Meanwhile, patients with cardiovascular conditions were 2.5 times more likely to die, and those with “genitourinary conditions, most commonly urinary tract infection” were 4.35 times more likely to die. According to the study’s researchers, the findings indicate “the urgent need to more vigorously promote smoking cessation.”

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— “Smoking cessation a priority in schizophrenia, “Eleanor McDermid, Medwire News, August 15, 2013.

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