Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Your Cart   |   Report Abuse   |   Sign In   |   Apply for NAQC Membership
Site Search
Sign up for NAQC membership today!

Receive a monthly issue of Connections!
NAQC Newsroom: Research

Vital Signs: Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years with Mental Illness — US

Wednesday, February 13, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR. Early Release 62, Feb. 5, 2013.

This study examined data from SAMhsa’s 2009-2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) to calculate national and state estimates of cigarette smoking among adults aged 18 years and older who reported having any mental illness. Results showed that adults with some form of mental illness have a smoking rate 70 percent higher than adults with no mental illness; 36 percent of adults with a mental illness are cigarette smokers, compared with only 21 percent of adults who do not have a mental illness. Mental illness was defined as having a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder, excluding developmental and substance use disorders, in the past 12 months. The study also showed that nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States – about 45.7 million Americans—have some type of mental illness. Among adults with mental illness, smoking prevalence is especially high among younger adults, American Indians and Alaska Natives, those living below the poverty line, and those with lower levels of education. Differences also exist across states, with prevalence ranging from 18.2 percent in Utah to 48.7 percent in West Virginia. The authors conclude that increased awareness about the high prevalence of cigarette smoking among persons with mental illness is needed to enhance efforts to reduce smoking in this population. Proven population-based prevention strategies should be extended to persons with mental illness, including implementing tobacco-free campus policies in mental health facilities. Primary care and mental health-care providers should routinely screen patients for tobacco use and offer evidence-based cessation treatments.

Sign In

Latest News

Membership 11 years!.

    3219 E. Camelback Road, #416, Phoenix, AZ 85018 | Ph: 800.398.5489 | Fax: 800.398.5489 |