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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
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 …
Contributors JPJ and MJ were responsible for data analysis. All authors participated in the conceptual development, writing and editing of the article. All authors read and approved the ﬁnal manuscript prior to submission by JPJ.
Competing interests None.
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