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Majority of cigarettes in the US smoked by nicotine-dependent or psychiatrically ill persons

cotine-dependent persons was 8.2 percent.

Nicotine dependence was most prevalent among persons with an alcohol or drug use disorder (34.5 percent and 52.4 percent, respectively). Among individuals with a mood, anxiety, or personality disorder, nicotine dependence was identified in 29.2 percent, 25.3 percent, and 27.3 percent, respectively.

"Nicotine-dependent and psychiatrically ill individuals consume about 70 percent of all cigarettes smoked in the United States," write the authors. "The results of this study highlight the importance of focusing smoking cessation efforts on individuals who are nicotine dependent, individuals who have psychiatric disorders, and individuals who have comorbid [related] nicotine dependence and other psychiatric disorders. Further, awareness of industry segmentation strategies can improve smoking cessation efforts of clinicians and other health professionals among all smokers and especially among the most vulnerable."


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JAMA and Archives Journals
1-Nov-2004


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