Tobacco smoking, related harm and motivation to quit smoking in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders

  • Pasquale Caponnetto | University of Catania, Italy; University of Stirling, United Kingdom.
  • Riccardo Polosa University of Catania, Italy.
  • Deborah Robson King’s College London, United Kingdom.
  • Linda Bauld Usher Institute, College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh; UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies, Nottingham, United Kingdom.


This narrative review focuses on the topic of tobacco smoking amongst people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. We searched PubMed, PsycInfo and Scopus databases for schizophrenia spectrum disorders and smoking and included articles about the epidemiology of tobacco smoking in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders, examining the relationship between smoking and mental health. This narrative review describes that a higher prevalence, frequency and impact of both high nicotine dependence and its harmful effects in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders compared with those in the general population. Despite several existent theories, the reasons for high smoking rates, the high dependence on nicotine and severity of nicotine withdrawal symptoms are not fully understood. The main aim of this paper is to inform mental health personnel and particularly clinical and health psychologists about the impact and role of tobacco smoking for smokers with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.



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Caponnetto, P., Polosa, R., Robson, D., & Bauld, L. (2020). Tobacco smoking, related harm and motivation to quit smoking in people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Health Psychology Research, 8(1).

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