Smoking and Mental Illness


Smoking rate:

Overall smoking rate in general population


Among those with any mental illness at any time:


Among those with currently active mental disorders:


Among those with no history of mental disorder:



The rate of heavy smokers (defined as greater than or equal to 25 cigarettes a day) is:

10% among those with no mental disorder

30% among those with multiple mental diagnoses

- source: Multiple Comorbidity Survey, Journal of the American Medical Association, February 2001