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Financial implications of cigarette smoking among individuals with schizophrenia.

Tobacco control (Impact Factor: 3.85). 07/2004; 13(2):206.
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    DESCRIPTION: PhD Thesis by publication, University of Newcastle Australia
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction: Tobacco smoking kills and estimated six million lives annually worldwide of which include 10,000 Malaysian lives. Twenty three per cent of Malaysian adults smoke however, similar prevalence is not known among the mentally ill. Those with mental illness often have higher prevalence rates and greater disability due to smoking. This commentary aims to update the mental health community in Malaysia on the on-going efforts made locally to assist the national tobacco control agenda. Methods: A brief report of recent updates is provided for this article. Results and Conclusion: Three major significant activities are reported, all of which will move the tobacco control agenda within psychiatry forward. These activities will allow psychiatry be in a better position to align tobacco control activities for the mentally ill together with the general population.
    Malaysian Journal of Psychiatry. 10/2013; 22(2).

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