This November 24, 2014 NBC article talks about the problems with the belief by many in the mental health and addiction communities where they think that smoking is better than doing drugs or somehow helps people cope. the article offers some information about the number of hospitalizations and difficulty managing symptoms of mental illness among those who smoke.
This March 7, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the higher percentage of smokers among those in the mental health community, and suggestions from the CDC about how to approach this issues in the mental health community.
I also found a CDC video on YouTube that compliments the above link if you prefer to watch/listen to it as opposed to reading the article.
- New CDC Vital Signs: Smoking among those with Mental Illness (prweb.com)
- Smoking Rates Much Higher Among the Mentally Ill: CDC (nlm.nih.gov)
- Smoking Rates Much Higher Among the Mentally Ill: CDC (news.health.com)
- Smoking Among U.S. Adults With Mental Illness 70 Percent Higher Than For Adults With No Mental Illness (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Mentally Ill People Smoke A Lot More Than People Without Mental Illness (medicalnewstoday.com)
- CDC: People With Mental Illness More Likely To Smoke Cigarettes (atlanta.cbslocal.com)
- Smoking more common among mentally ill (jsonline.com)
This February 13, 2013 article on the Warren Times Observer website talks about a program being presented by Beacon Light Behavioral Health to students and the general public at Sheffield High School. The article points out that while man think pot is safer then cigarettes, there is data indicating that the THC level is much higher in pot today then it was 20-30 years ago.
- Link Between Pot, Psychosis Goes Both Ways in Kids (nlm.nih.gov)