People with Mental Health Conditions

Know the Facts

Smoking is much more common among adults with mental health conditions than in the general population.

  • More than 1 in 4 adults with a mental health condition smokes cigarettes (28%).
  • During 2009-2011, at least 3 out of every 10 cigarettes smoked by adults in the United States are smoked by persons with mental health conditions.
  • Smoking-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease, and cancer are among the most common causes of death among adults with mental health conditions.
For more information or to learn about smoking in specific populations and the current rates of cigarette smoking in the United States, review these detailed statistics


Real Stories: People with Mental Health Conditions Featured in Tips®

Meet Rebecca

Rebecca, age 57, an avid runner, lives in Florida. She is a single mom and grandparent who was diagnosed with depression at age 33. Rebecca quit smoking at age 52.



Learn more about all Tips® participants in the CDC Real Stories section.

Information provided from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Southwestern Regional Tobacco Coalition is a multi-county effort created to address the diverse issue of tobacco use in the southwestern health district of Pennsylvania.

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