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Determinants of high smoking rates among people with psychosis living in a socially disadvantaged region in South Australia.

Lisa Hahn

People suffering from psychiatric illness have alarmingly higher smoking rates than the general population, up to 80% in some cases. This has previously been attributed to measures of social disadvantage and poor economic well-being.  This study aimed to identify factors associated with the high rates of tobacco smoking amongst people with psychosis living in a disadvantaged region in Adelaide, South Australia. We hypothesised that whilst tobacco use by people with psychosis living in this region was primarily associated with mental illness, smoking prevalence would be further increased by the disadvantaged conditions existing within this context.

Data were collected from 402 people with psychosis aged 18-64 who resided in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide. Demographic data and lifestyle variables were assessed that may be accountable for smoking prevalence. 74% of men and 71% of women with psychosis were current smokers. Factors including unemployment, lower education, and receiving government welfare known to be associated with smoking in the general population, were more prevalent in the Northern region.

12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13-14 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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Lisa Hahn

Lisa Hahn, University of Adelaide, SA, Discipline of Psychiatry

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