Smoking more common among adults with mental illness

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 18, 2013

Print  |   Email  |   Respond  |   Reprints  |   Like Facebook  |   Share Twitter  |   Tweet Linkedin

The smoking rate is 70% higher among U.S. adults with some form of mental illness than in adults with no mental health condition, said a study published in the Feb. 8 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The journal is published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

From 2009-11, an annual average of 19.9% of adults 18 and older had any form of mental illness, the study said. A mental illness is defined as having a behavioral, emotional or mental disorder in the past year, according to the CDC. Developmental and substance use disorders were not included in that definition.

Among adults identified as having any mental illness, 36.1% were current cigarette smokers, compared with 21.4% of those without a mental health condition, data show. Current smoking was defined as smoking all or part of a cigarette within 30 days before the interview. Smoking prevalence among those with any mental illness was highest in men, adults younger than 45 and those living below the poverty level (link).

For the study, researchers examined data on 138,000 adults who participated in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2009, 2010 or 2011.

Study authors recommend extending proven, population-based smoking prevention strategies to people with mental illness, including implementing tobacco-free campus policies in mental health facilities.

Researchers also encourage primary care doctors and mental health professionals to screen patients routinely for tobacco use and offer evidence-based cessation treatments.

Back to top



Read story

Confronting bias against obese patients

Medical educators are starting to raise awareness about how weight-related stigma can impair patient-physician communication and the treatment of obesity. Read story

Read story


American Medical News is ceasing publication after 55 years of serving physicians by keeping them informed of their rapidly changing profession. Read story

Read story

Policing medical practice employees after work

Doctors can try to regulate staff actions outside the office, but they must watch what they try to stamp out and how they do it. Read story

Read story

Diabetes prevention: Set on a course for lifestyle change

The YMCA's evidence-based program is helping prediabetic patients eat right, get active and lose weight. Read story

Read story

Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

Read story

How to get tax breaks for your medical practice

Federal, state and local governments offer doctors incentives because practices are recognized as economic engines. But physicians must know how and where to find them. Read story

Read story

Advance pay ACOs: A down payment on Medicare's future

Accountable care organizations that pay doctors up-front bring practice improvements, but it's unclear yet if program actuaries will see a return on investment. Read story

Read story

Physician liability: Your team, your legal risk

When health care team members drop the ball, it's often doctors who end up in court. How can physicians improve such care and avoid risks? Read story

  • Stay informed
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • RSS
  • LinkedIn