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People with severe psychiatric disorders are far more likely to smoke, drink and use drugs. A new study in JAMA Psychiatry is the largest assessment ever of substance abuse among patients with severe illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Researchers found that more than 75% of those patients were regular smokers. 30-percent were binge drinkers. And 50% were regular marijuana users.

A new study examining the dangers of distracted driving finds drivers are multi-tasking about 10% of the time. That includes eating, using cell phones or texting. Research in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that the risk is greatest for newly licensed teen drivers - and that they are much more likely to be involved in a crash while texting or reaching for a phone.

Researchers looking for ways to reduce smoking deaths say raising taxes could go a long way. A review in the New England Journal of Medicine finds tripling tobacco taxes would prevent 200-million smoking deaths worldwide during this century. Researchers say the tax hike would double the price of cigarettes in some countries, which could reduce the number of smokers by a third.

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