Doctors Fear Asking Mentally Ill To Quit Smoking

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 11:21 in Health & Medicine

People with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are the heaviest smokers in the country, but their doctors are afraid to ask them to quit. They assume if their patients try to quit, their mental disorders will get worse. That is a myth, according to a tobacco addiction specialist. This population's tobacco use needs to be treated, he says.

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