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Smoking hits all-time low… but not for these 3 groups

Largest non-profit quitline in the US hires Native counselors, looks to help LGBT smokers and those with mental health issuesWhile the overall number of people who smoke in the United States is… Mental Health News From Medical News Today

Should psychiatric hospitals ban smoking completely?

In The BMJ this week, experts discuss whether hospitals should ban smoking for psychiatric patients outside as well as indoors. Mental Health News From Medical News Today

‘No evidence’ linking smoking cessation drug with suicide, road accidents

A new study states that there is no strong evidence to suggest that varenicline, a common smoking cessation drug, is associated with increased risks of adverse health outcomes. Mental Health News From Medical News Today

It’s time to support older people in giving up smoking

New research published online in the British Journal of Psychiatry suggests that supporting older people with mental ill-health to give up smoking has positive health benefits and will not, as… Mental Health News From Medical News Today

Suicide rates linked to cigarette taxes, smoking policies

Cigarette smokers are more likely to commit suicide than people who don’t smoke, studies have shown. Mental Health News From Medical News Today

Mental illness threat to life expectancy similar to heavy smoking

An analysis of mental illness reviews, covering over 1.7 million individuals, finds the conditions can reduce life expectancy by up to 20 years – on par with heavy smoking. Mental Health News From Medical News Today

Many mental illnesses reduce life expectancy more than heavy smoking

Serious mental illnesses reduce life expectancy by 10-20 years, an analysis by Oxford University psychiatrists has shown – a loss of years that’s equivalent to or worse than that for heavy smoking. Mental Health News From Medical News Today

Cannabis effects on PTSD: Can smoking medical marijuana reduce symptoms?

Clinical research from New Mexico supports a conclusion that smoking cannabis [marijuana] is associated with PTSD symptom reduction in some patients. Mental Health News From Medical News Today

Smoking Rates Still High Among the Mentally Ill – MedPage Today

Smoking Rates Still High Among the Mentally IllMedPage Today… among respondents with mental illnesses, 25.3% reported current smoking in 2004-2005 (95% CI 24.2%-26.3%), versus 24.9% in 2010-2011 (95% CI 23.8%-26.0%, P=0.50) after adjustments for other predictors of smoking such as income and education …and more » behavioral health education – Google News

IU research attributes high rates of smoking among mentally ill to addiction vulnerability

People with mental illness smoke at much higher rates than the overall population. But the popular belief that they are self-medicating is most likely wrong, according to researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Instead, they report, research indicates that psychiatric disease makes the brain more susceptible to addiction… Mental Health News From Medical […]

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