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The Complex Relationship Between Smoking And Mental Illness

Cigarette tobacco smoke
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A recent study from the Centers For Disease Control has found that nearly one-third of mentally ill adults are smokers. In fact, they’re 70 percent more likely to smoke than adults without mental illness. The relationship between cigarettes and mental hospitals is a complicated one. Historically, smoking was common in mental hospitals. It was even used as an incentive for patients at times. Now, more and more treatment facilities are becoming smoke-free. What does this mean for patients who rely on the habit for comfort?Pam Belluckhas been writing about these issues. She covers health and science for The New York Times.

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