Importance of Treating Smoking in Conjunction With Mental Health | Study

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In line with multiple studies indicating a strong link between smoking and/or substance abuse and a lack of mental well-being, the current study suggests that these problems must be treated together. 

Conducted by researchers at Indiana University in conjunction with other universities, the study titled, “Intersectionality of serious psychological distress, cigarette smoking, and substance use disorders in the United States: 2008–2018,” reiterated that mental health problems are more than twice as common among smokers and adults with substance use disorder, in comparison to those without substance use disorder and do not smoke.

To this effect, concluded the researchers, smoking and mental health problems should be treated together. “Our study shows that there is a need for consistency in treating mental health, smoking and substance use problems together,” said Maria Parker, assistant professor at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and lead author of the study. “Smoking cessation does not undermine progress made in mental health or substance use treatment programs.”

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Diane Caruana – VapingPost – 2022-06-08.

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