Adults with mental illness twice as likely to use tobacco

Kansas adults with mental illness are twice as likely to use tobacco as adults without mental illness, according to a new report by RTI International and funded by the Kansas Health Foundation.

The report found 37.8 percent of Kansas adults with mental illness smoke, compared to 17.3 percent of adults without mental illness. Nearly one-half of Kansas adults who experience mental illness reported smoking in the last 30 days.

Smoking rates are highest among those with serious mental illness, multiple disorders and substance use disorders.

“The smoking rate among adults with mental illness remains high despite progress made in tobacco control and the decrease of smoking among the general population,” said Betty Brown, research health analyst at RTI and lead author of the study. “As a result, people with mental illness are at an increased risk of negative health, financial, and social outcomes associated with their tobacco use.”

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