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Addict Behav. 2004 Jul;29(5):1009-13.

Smoking cessation efforts among substance abusers with and without psychiatric comorbidity.

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  • 1Department of Cancer Prevention and Control, Derald H. Ruttenberg Cancer Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1130, New York, NY 10029, USA.


Little is known about the natural course of smoking behaviors following substance use treatment, particularly among individuals with comorbid substance use and psychiatric disorders. This study examined smoking cessation efforts among 120 substance abusers with and without psychiatric comorbidity. Participants completed assessments of smoking prior to and 6 months following treatment for substance abuse. Comorbidity predicted quit attempts such that a larger proportion of psychiatrically comorbid individuals made quit attempts (54%) relative to those with substance use disorders (SUDs) only (35%). The presence of a psychiatric disorder, in conjunction with a substance use disorder, does not appear to deter smoking cessation efforts in early recovery.

Copyright 2004 Elsevier Ltd.

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