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Is there any connection between mental illness and nicotine addiction?

A study by the Indiana University School of Medicine reveals that some forms of mental illness appear to go hand-in-hand with nicotine addiction.

The average population of smokers, in most places, is about 20 to 25 percent, while people with some form of mental illness clock in at about 50 percent.

The rate of smoking is among schizophrenics is much higher, with 75 percent to 90 percent being smokers. Alcoholics are not far behind, with an average of 80 percent being smokers.

The smoking rate among people with bipolar disorder comes in at around 60 percent to 70 percent.

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