Smoking increases schizophrenia risk
Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 12:01 pm by Williams Hart
A study published in The Lancet Psychiatry reveals a possible link between cigarette smoking and the development of schizophrenia, Forbes reported on July 13.
Researchers from Kings College London learned that daily smokers were two times more likely to develop schizophrenia. They also found that smokers were more likely to have psychosis onset about a year earlier than those who don’t smoke.
The study did not illustrate the causality of smoking as a risk factor of schizophrenia. But because psychotic illnesses have been associated with increased dopamine in the brain, researchers believe that nicotine’s effect to the brain’s dopamine level could trigger the disease.
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