Among adults with mental illness, smoking prevalence is especially high among younger adults, American Indians and Alaska Natives, those living below the poverty line, and those with lower levels of education, according to the report.
Frieden said this is a serious health issue that needs more attention.
“People in the U.S. with mental illness are 70 percent more likely to smoke than people who don't have mental illness,” he said. “As a result, they're at much higher risk for early death and significant health problems.”
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