and three times as likely to be current users of the controversial battery

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and three times as likely to be current users of the controversial battery-powered nicotine- delivery devices, as people without mental health disorders”. (Scott 2014). By some estimates, “people with psychiatric disorders consume approximately 30 to 50 percent of all cigarettes sold annually in the U.S” (Tedeschi 2017). The study shows that smokers, regardless of their mental health condition, are the primary consumers of nicotine delivery technology. People with mental health disorders also appear to be using e-cigarettes for the same reasons as other smokers – to reduce potential harm to their health and to help them break the habit. "So far, nonsmokers with mental health disorders are not picking up e-cigarettes as a gateway to smoking," (Cummins 2015). According to MHC, studies have found that smokers with severe mental health disorders, i.e. schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, especially those who wish to quit, may find e-cigarettes to be attractive substitutes for cigarettes. “People with schizophrenia are three times more likely to smoke than other people and they tend to smoke more heavily” (MHC 2018). One of the most common explanations of this is that people with schizophrenia use e-cigarettes to control or manage some of the symptoms associated with their illness and to reduce some of the side effects of their medication. “Electronic cigarette widely used as a non-specific mental health screening tool in the general population” as noted by the (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA 2017)
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“Mental health and behavioral problems such as alcohol and drug abuse are well- documented risk factors that push teens to smoke”, said (Leventhal 2015), lead author and associate professor of preventive medicine and psychology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. In the Journal of Psychiatric Research, “the study surveyed 3,310 ninth-grade students in 10 Los Angeles-area high schools. The students answered questions about conventional or e- cigarette use, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, substance use and abuse, and traits such as impulsivity, which is linked to poor mental health”. (Voung 2015) Teenagers who used prescription drugs to get high and those with more symptoms of depression, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other emotional issues were more likely to smoke than to vape e-cigarettes. “The litany of emotional issues did
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