Cigarette smoking topography in smokers with schizophrenia and matched non-psychiatric controls

Brown University Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Box G-BH, Providence, RI 02912, USA.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence (Impact Factor: 3.42). 12/2005; 80(2):259-65. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2005.04.002
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Smoking is highly prevalent among people with schizophrenia, and little is known about factors that affect smoking in these patients. One basic question is whether smoking behavior differs for smokers with schizophrenia compared to equally nicotine-dependent smokers who do not have a major mental illness. In this study, 20 smokers with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (SCZ) and 20 non-psychiatric smokers (CON) underwent smoking topography assessments. The groups were matched on age, gender, daily smoking rate, years of regular smoking and nicotine dependence rating. Results indicate that, compared to the CON participants, the SCZ participants smoked significantly more total puffs (SCZ: 58.5 +/- 48.3; CON: 21.3 +/- 9.4) and puffs per cigarette (SCZ: 12.3 +/- 6.0; CON: 8.9 +/- 2.3) and had shorter inter-puff intervals (SCZ: 21.9 +/- 9.7 s; CON: 42.0 +/- 21.5 s), larger total cigarette puff volumes (SCZ: 583 +/- 169 ml; CON: 429 +/- 159 ml) and higher carbon monoxide boosts (SCZ: 3.8+/-5.4 ppm; CON: 1.0 +/- 2.5 ppm). Test-retest reliabilities were good to excellent for most smoking measures in both groups. These findings suggest that smokers with schizophrenia smoke more intensely than matched non-psychiatric smokers and that their smoking behavior is reliable when assessed under laboratory conditions.

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    • "However, as noted previously, only one study of which we are aware has examined the effects of abstinence on smoking-reinforced responding in a psychiatric sample of smokers and reported that even brief abstinence (5–6 h) increased responding for smoking opportunities in adult smokers with schizophrenia (Tidey et al. 1999). Other studies have compared samples of smokers with and without psychiatric disorders and have generally shown that smokers with psychiatric illness (e.g., depression, schizophrenia) smoked more or valued cigarette smoking more than non-psychiatric controls (MacKillop and Tidey 2011; Spring et al. 2003; Tidey et al. 2005, 2008; Weinberger et al. 2007). "
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    • "One such target is the nicotinic acetylcholine (ACh) system. Schizophrenia patients smoke at a remarkably high rate and volume relative to the general population (Tidey et al., 2005; Dome et al., 2010; Williams et al., 2010). Numerous studies confirm that the primary psychoactive chemical in cigarette smoke, nicotine , improves a wide-range of cognitive functions and enhances emotionality and motivation (Stolerman et al., 2000; Adan et al., 2004; Harris et al., 2004; Newhouse et al., 2004; Levin et al., 2006). "
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