Attached are National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data charts for smoking among persons with behavioral health conditions in 2021. They show significantly higher smoking rates in persons with behavioral health conditions compared to those without these conditions.
Because of methodological changes in data collection, 2021 NSDUH data is not comparable to previous years. However, data from several years of previous NDSUH surveys (pre-pandemic) has shown a significant decrease in smoking among persons with mental and/or substance use disorders.
So, the take-away message continues:
- While the smoking rate for persons with behavioral health conditions has been decreasing, there remains a significant disparity between this group compared to the rest of the population.