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Study Hints at Link Between Smoking, Higher Schizophrenia Risk

Cigarette smoking is very common among people with mental illness, especially schizophrenia, a severe disorder marked by delusional thoughts and hallucinations. Sameer Jauhar, a psychiatric researcher at King’s College London, noticed the relationship. “As a psychiatrist, it’s always something you think about, because you always see patients with psychotic illnesses smoking," he said. "People always generally put it down to self-medication.” Jauhar made his comments in a...

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