Ever wonder about those people one sees standing outside entrances to public buildings and offices smoking? No matter what weather or time of day they isolate themselves to toke tobacco. What a hold nicotine addiction has on its victims.
Almost half of all cigarettes sold in the United States (44 percent) are consumed by people with mental illness. This is because so many people who have mental illnesses smoke (50 to 80 percent, compared with less than 20 percent of the general population) and because they smoke so many cigarettes a day -- often three packs.
...smoking is concentrated among people with mental illness, often compounded by substance-abuse disorders such as alcoholism.
Go to most AA meetings, and the room will be so full of smoke that you can cut it with a knife.
Ask the members, and they will tell you that it was much easier to stop drinking than to stop smoking. Indeed, nicotine, the addictive component of tobacco smoke, is as habituating as cocaine or heroin, and it has a similar effect on chemical receptors in the brain. More