Smoking and schizophrenia Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Individuals with schizophrenia have a high prevalence of smoking compared with the general population and little is known about why so many people with schizophrenia smoke. This paper reviews suggestions of differences in motivation for smoking. Possible explanations for smoking include psychological reasons, together with possible effects on positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia and reduced side-effects of neuroleptics. Understanding complex issues related to smoking and schizophrenia is important prior to developing health promotion strategies.

publication date

  • October 1997