November 19, 2020

Big Tobacco gets a pandemic pick-me-up

Dr. Laura Hirshbein is quoted in this Reuters story

Laura Hirshbein, M.D., Ph.D.

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Tobacco has long been a central coping mechanism for people with mental illness or in stressful situations like war or prison.

“Many people with mental illness, ranging from mild depression to alcohol dependence, to serious illnesses such as schizophrenia, smoke more when they’re stressed, and smoke more when they’re getting more sick,” says Laura Hirshbein, a psychiatrist and psychiatry professor at the University of Michigan.