CDC MMWR-- Smoking among U.S. adults with mental illness
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
CDC Vital Signs program,
launched in 2010, addresses a single, important public health topic each month.
The 3rd Vital Signs on tobacco use will be released today at noon, EST.
Vital Signs presents the latest information about adult smoking in the
United States among people with mental illness. The report finds that a
significantly higher percentage of adults with mental illness are current
smokers, compared with adults who have no mental illness.
analyzed combined data from SAMHSA’s 2009-2011 National Survey on Drug Use and
Health (NSDUH) to calculate state and national estimates of cigarette smoking
among adults aged 18 years and older who had any mental illness.
report concludes that increasing awareness of the high smoking prevalence in
this population is needed. In addition to investing in comprehensive
tobacco prevention and control programs at CDC-recommended levels, better
coordination between tobacco control and mental health programs at the
national, state, and community levels is needed. Recent research has
shown that, like other smokers, adults with mental illness who smoke want to
quit, can quit, and benefit from proven stop-smoking treatments. Mental health
providers can benefit by making their campuses 100% tobacco-free and by making
smoking cessation part of an overall approach to treatment and wellness.
of the key findings include:
smoking among U.S. adults with mental illness is 70 percent higher than smoking
among adults with no mental illness.
- About 36% of adults with mental illness are smokers, compared with 21% of adults who do not have a mental illness.
1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—about 45.7 million Americans—have some form of mental
e-mail contains advance copies of several Vital Signs materials,
including the Vital Signs Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
article, a four-page consumer fact sheet, and a CDC press release. This
edition of CDC Vital Signs will be released at 12:00 p.m., today,
February 5, 2013 (EST) in conjunction with a telephone-only media telebriefing;
all attached materials are embargoed until that time. After the
embargo is lifted, we invite you to please share the CDC Vital Signs
information broadly with your colleagues and partners. We also invite you to
visit the Vital Signs Web
page to find the Vital Signs MMWR article, fact sheet, podcast,
and CDC.gov feature article. Also, please take advantage of CDC’s social media tools, such as the RSS
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Links: CDC Press Release, MMWR article, VS Fact Sheet
Office on Smoking and Health