Should patients with schizophrenia be encouraged to stop smoking?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Most patients with schizophrenia smoke. This may be a result of previous conventional antipsychotic treatment, in that nicotine may ameliorate some of the adverse effects of these drugs. Smoking may also be related to the boredom associated with hospitalizations, the peer pressure from other patients to smoke, or the anomie associated with unemployment.

Whatever the cause of the high incidence of smoking, the health risks from smoking are well known, and all schizophrenic patients should be encouraged to stop smoking.


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