NeuroClastic recently surveyed nearly 400 Autistics on Twitter and found that 37% of them have a history of habitual nicotine use.
According to the WHO, there are 1.3 billion smokers in the world, which equates to nearly 17% of the global population. That means that (of our autistic respondents), the rate who smoke or have smoked is double compared to the overall population of the world. According to the NHS, 26.8% of adults aged 16+ were smokers (in the UK).
This represents a stark world in which Autistics are potentially dying of smoking related illness at a much higher rate than the world in general.
So why might Autistics be so drawn to smoking?
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