Reply to Letter to the Editor "Smoking in Bipolar and Schizophrenic Patients"

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: The results of our study suggest that smoking prevalence may not be different between bipolar and schizophrenic outpatients in southern Israel. In their letter, de Leon and Diaz raise 2 main concerns regarding these results, the first relating to other studies indicating higher smoking frequency in schizophrenic compared with mood disorders patients and the second relating to the large gender effect in our schizophrenic patients.

J Clin Psychiatry 2002;63(4):369