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Trends in smoking among adults with serious psychological distress during comprehensive tobacco control in New York City, 2003–2012
  1. John P Jasek1,
  2. Jill M Williams2,
  3. Jenna Mandel-Ricci3,
  4. Michael Johns1
  1. 1Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City, New York, US
  2. 2Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Rutgers University-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
  3. 3Bureau of Healthcare System Readiness, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York City, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to John P Jasek, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention & Tobacco Control, New York City and Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; 42-09 28th St., 9th Floor, CN-18, Long Island City, NY 11101, USA; jjasek{at}health.nyc.gov

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Background

Adults with mental illness in the USA suffer excess smoking-related morbidity and mortality.1 Recent studies examining trends from 2001–2005 and 2004–2011 have shown consistently higher smoking prevalence and less successful quitting among those with mental illness, across an array of diagnoses.2 ,3 However, national data may mask changes in jurisdictions such as New York City (NYC), where comprehensive tobacco control (CTC) including taxation, legislation, education and access to cessation medications has operated for a decade (see Kilgore et al for details).4

Methods

We analysed data from the NYC Community Health Survey (CHS),5 to assess whether declines in the citywide smoking prevalence between 2003 and 20124 extend to those with serious psychological distress (SPD), measured using the …

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