Smoking is far more common for people with a mental illness than in the general population.  Almost 25% of the general population smoke but almost

75% of people with a mental illness smoke.

Why do people with a serious mental illness smoke more?
People with a serious mental illness, like many others, often smoke because they have learned to use it as a way of dealing with feelings of boredom and/or stress.  Also, some chemicals in cigarettes such as the highly addictive substance nicotine may affect symptoms of schizophrenia.  As a consequence, smokers generally need higher doses of anti-psychotic medication.  This may also lead to increased side effects.
Some studies show people with a history of depression need extra support when they try to quit smoking.  Some antidepressant medications can make quitting smoking easier for someone who has experienced depression.
Why change smoking habits?
There are many good reasons:
How can I give up smoking?
Resources in Taranaki:
Quit Line
Tel:  0800 778 778
Quit Line

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