Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Adults Suffering From Mental Ailments Have Higher Rates of Smoking Addiction

 A new report released by the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that adults suffering from mental illness have 70% higher smoking rates. The report states that this is in comparison with adults without any mental illness.
The report revealed that around 36% of the 45.7 million US citizens afflicted with a specific type of mental illness are addicted to cigarette smoking in comparison to 21% adults who are not suffering from any mental disease.
According to the report, the rate of smoking addicted people suffering from mental illnesses is higher among young adults existing below the poverty line and young people with lower education levels. However, the report highlights that difference in smoking rates is seen across several US states.
The report, from the CDC and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), showed that 36% of the 45.7 million Americans with some type of mental illness are cigarette smokers, compared with only 21% of adults who do not have a mental illness.   

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH and the director of CDC, states that likewise other smokers, those smokers suffering from mental illnesses are eager to quit smoking and can definitely achieve that. He adds that quit smoking treatments indeed work and it is essential to make them available to people who are enthusiastic to trigger off smoking cessation.  

The study authors state that the findings of the report have several health-related conclusions. One of these is related to boosting up efforts to decrease the rate of smoking in the inhabitants.  
Source: webmd.com, Date: 8th February 2013

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