New Study Shows: Mental Illnesses Contribute To Smoking Addiction
The investigation from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Mental Health Services Administration presupposed that people with any mental disabilities are at higher risk to smoke cigarettes.
The statistics shows that one of each third adult suffering from psychological illness smokes, whereas people without mental diseases - only one in five.
Two federal health agencies reported that mental illness increases the risk of smoking at 70 percent. The manager of the Centers for Disease Control stated that the majority of people suffering from mental illnesses are at higher risk of dying early and smoking here plays not the last role.
The main source of information was the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The organization interviewed 138,000 adults in the period from 2009 till 2011 who have been suffering from any mental problems. The questions were directed to establish the correlation between any mental or behavior disorders and smoking rates.
The results showed that the tendency to smoke more are especially high in the states where overall smoking rates are high. Thus West Virginia was the leader in the highest smoking rates reaching 48.7 percent while Utah on the contrary collected the lowest rate of smoking among people suffering from any mental disorders – 18.1 percent. Besides it's curious to mention the fact that smoking rates turned to be higher among poor or uneducated people with mental disorders from American Indians and Alaska Natives. In fact it's not so surprising.
Dr. Frieden explained that when people with mental disorders smoke cigarettes they may feel that some medications don't help them at that extent they should help. It can be a reason for a patient to smoke more in order to quell the symptoms of the disease. The doctor added that poor people who don't have possibilities to lead a stable life tend to smoke more.