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Financial implications of cigarette smoking among individuals with schizophrenia
  1. M L Steinberg,
  2. J M Williams,
  3. D M Ziedonis
  1. Robert Wood Johnson Medical School–UMDNJ, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 M L Steinberg PhD
 Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UBHC-D303, 671 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA; marc.steinbergumdnj.edu

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Individuals with schizophrenia are more likely to smoke than those with other Axis I disorders1 and are 10 times more likely to have ever smoked daily than individuals in the general population.2 In addition to more frequent medical consequences of smoking3 as compared to smokers in the general population, smokers with schizophrenia experience negative consequences unique to their mental illness. One often overlooked example includes the substantial financial implications from tobacco use among smokers with schizophrenia—many of whom are dependent on a limited, fixed income.4,5 Quality of life issues relating to the ability to pay for occasional entertainment desires, or more seriously, adequate …

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