You're twice as likely to develop mental health problems if you smoke, HSE says


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Could it be that if you are likely to develop mental health problems you will be drawn to smoking early in life?


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Came here to say this!
Instead of smoking causing mental illness, could it be that mental illness is more likely to cause smoking?


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The article does however say

The provisional results found that 14.5% of smokers have a probable mental health problem compared to 7.7% of smokers. The rate of those who quit smoking was 8.1%.

I assume they mean 7.7% of non smokers.

But I had quit for years and I still ended up in hospital.


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Mentally ill sufferers are more likely to smoke.


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Hmm. That’s like what came first the chicken or the egg.

I started smoking around 13. That was the time when my doctors and parents discovered I was mentally ill. But I did show signs before I smoked. So I really couldn’t say.


#8

I was a heavy smoker, but I’m free of nicotine for greater than three years now.

J.


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Yeah I agree with @Berru and @valiumprincess . I’d say mentally ill folk are more likely to take up smoking. It’s like the chicken and the egg all over again!


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I’ve never been a smoker. I did drink to get rid of anxiety though. I was very controlled about it but it was probably still a bad idea. I’m glad I have the meds instead now. They don’t have the getting drunk side effect. :slight_smile:

So, yeah, I can see how a mentally ill person would be more likely to take up smoking or drinking or some other drug.


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Yeah I think there was a mental elf article posted here awhile back. That there are three possibilities: 1. smoking causes mental illness, 2. Mental illness causes smoking, or 3. There are overlapping risk factors for both mental illness and smoking. Or something to that effect.


#12

Are u Irish ever hopeful? That is an Irish website.


#13

Lol. The power of the internet. I’m from somewhere in Europe though. Maybe Ireland but maybe not :thinking: I’ve never revealed my location.


#14

It may be that other risk factors are connected, like urban upbringing, poverty, culture etc.


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At the assisted living center where I live I would say that 80 - 90 per cent of the people smoke. There are usually three or four people on COPD breathing machines. I’ve seen a couple of people die directly because of smoking. I’m so glad I was able to quit smoking in the army. I’d be as sick as these people if I had kept smoking.


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Im disappointed in myself i quit 3 years ago then just on xmas i got drunk and couldnt help myself and started again :frowning: going to try quit again.


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Don’t get discouraged. You can do it.


#18

I don’t smoke but tried nicotine patches to see if they’d help my cognition but I didn’t feel any different at all on the patches.