Monday, May 26, 2008

Big tobacco's best customers

If you're schizophrenic, you're most likely a smoker. In fact, if you're diagnosed with any mental illness, you're twice as likely to be using cigarettes. I haven't seen stats for people with other addictions and smoking, but based on my observation, they are big tobacco users too.
This Youtube video by a Victoria group looks at the issue.
It would be nice if a lot of people saw it.

1 comment:

Joan said...

Thanks very much for your kind comments and for posting our video Paul. Much appreciated. Since you've provided this forum I will take the opportunity to mention that Saturday is International No Tobacco Day. It's a good day for smokers to give themselves a smoke free day - not necessarily cold turkey, which is frightening and difficult for many people, but perhaps using Nicotine Replacement Products for a day in order to get a feel for what it might be like to quit when one is ready to do so. It might surprise some smokers to realize that it's easier than they thought it would be. One day at a time. Quitting smoking tends to be a process, not an event. Smokers have been targeted by the biggest and most skilled drug dealers in the world, often while still children, so it's important to learn about tobacco company tactics and not blame yourself too much. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing anyone can do to improve his or her health. Best Wishes smokers. Get help, get connected to some of the resources out there. Go to Quitnow.ca for example. You can do it.