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December 8, 2010

Integrating Tobacco Treatment Into Mental Health Settings

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.

JAMA. 2010;304(22):2534-2535. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1759

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