Smoking greatly reduces life expectancy for those with serious mental illness

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firemonkee57

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Smoking greatly reduces life expectancy for those with serious mental illness

Smokers with serious mental illness have their lives cut short by about 15 years, compared with people who have never smoked and who do not have serious mental illness, research from the University of Michigan shows.

They also die 10 years earlier than those with serious mental illness who have never smoked.

This means smoking may account for nearly two thirds of the overall difference in life expectancy between individuals with serious mental illness who smoke, and never smokers in the general population, says Jamie Tam, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the U-M School of Public Health, who conducted the study.



Smoking greatly reduces life expectancy for those with serious mental illness
 
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It's obviously an issue. However alongside increased life expectancy is the need to improve quality of life. What's the point living an extra 15 years if your quality of life sucks.
 
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