By Shawn Radcliff

October 17, 2017

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The overall rate of cigarette smoking among adults has been falling steadily

since the 1960s, but people with mental illnesses have been left behind.


About 20 percent of American adults have a mental illness, but they smoke

more than 30 percent of the cigarettes smoked by adults in the United

States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).