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Schizophrenia and Smoking: A qualitative analysis

17 March 2020

Smoking is generally regarded as being bad for one's health. One population that continues to smoke disproportionately when compared to the general population are people with schizophrenia, which is concerning as it may contribute to the increased mortality of this group. The phenomenon of smoking and schizophrenia has been well documented, the perceived benefits of smoking such as relief from negative symptoms, alleviating boredom and relaxation outweigh the perceived stresses of quitting.


  • Smoker
  • Diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder or similar

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Ethical approval

The study has been approved by the Aston University Ethics Committee.

About the researcher

I am currently completing my MSc in Health Psychology as a distance student. I have a long-standing interest in mental health as schizophrenia runs in my family and I have worked in the industry as a support worker for several years.

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