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Affordable Care Act linked to reduced smoking among US adults with mental health and substance use disorders

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During the first decade following passage of the Affordable Care Act (enacted March 2010), U.S. adults with mental health and substance use disorders (MH/SUD) experienced significant increases in health insurance coverage. They also showed significant reductions in smoking and increases in recent smoking abstinence. A new study published by the journal Addiction has found that those two changes—increased health insurance coverage and improved smoking outcomes—appear to be linked.

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