Author Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.
Individuals with serious mental illness are dying 25 years prematurely, and the major causes of death are tobacco-related cancer, heart disease, and lung disease.1 With a smoking prevalence 2 to 4 times greater than the general population and a greater likelihood of heavy smoking, an estimated 44% of cigarettes sold in the United States are sold to smokers with mental illness or substance use disorders.2
Prochaska JJ. Integrating Tobacco Treatment Into Mental Health Settings. JAMA. 2010;304(22):2534-2535. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1759