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"Does smoking make people more likely to commit suicide?"

Articles in the Metro and The Sun on 17th July 2014 reported that “Smoking makes people more likely to commit suicide” and that “nicotine could be increasing the risk of psychiatric disorders”.

Robert West, Professor of Health Psychology and Director of Tobacco Studies, University College London, put these claims of causation into context:

“The association between smoking and suicide rates is well established. But we do not know whether it is because of nicotine or indeed because of smoking, given that people with psychiatric illness and drug and alcohol problems are more likely to smoke.”

Document type: For The Record

Published: 17 July 2014

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