Smoking linked to suicide?

July 17, 2014 2:11 PM

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Smoking linked to suicide?

Irrespective of whether they are suffering from psychiatric disorders or not, cigarette smokers are more likely to commit suicide than people who do not smoke, a study shows. Researchers at Washington University’s school of medicine in St Louis found that smoking itself may increase suicide risk and that policies to limit smoking reduce suicide rates.

‘Suicide rates declined up to 15 percent in US states that implemented higher taxes on cigarettes and stricter policies to limit smoking in public places,’ said lead researcher Richard A Grucza, an associate professor of psychiatry from Washington University. The results showed that each dollar incr...

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