Do you believe smoking reduces your stress? If so, you may want to think again. A recent research study from the University College London and the British Heart Foundation shows that cigarette smokers are 70% more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than non-smokers.
What makes this research even more interesting is the fact that long-standing ex-smokers had nearly the same low risks for anxiety and depression as people who never smoked before. This means that quitting smoking could actually improve your mental health and quality of life, in addition to helping your health as a whole.
The Study: How Smoking Increases Your Risk Of Depression
Researchers from the University College London and the British Heart Foundation assessed nearly 6,500 men and women over the age of 40. They asked the participants about their past and current cigarette smoking habits, as well as their experiences with depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions. The study showed that 18.3% of smokers said they suffered from depression or anxiety, compared to 11.3% of ex-smokers and 10% of non-smokers. The report was published on the British Heart Foundation’s website in honor of No Smoking Day.
Cigarette Smoking In The U.S.
Cigarette addiction is not considered as severe as alcoholism or substance abuse, despite the fact that it impacts more than 42 million Americans. Cigarette smoking kills an average of 480,000 Americans every year, including 41,000 patients who suffer from secondhand smoke exposure. Smoking-related illnesses cost this country over $289 billion a year, making tobacco use the “single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
How To Conquer Cigarette Addiction
There are many routes you can take to control and conquer your tobacco addiction. Common examples include:
- Quitting “Cold Turkey” (Stop Smoking All At Once)
- Slowly Weaning Off Cigarettes
- Stop Smoking Patches
- Stop Smoking Gum
- Vapor And Electric Cigarettes
- Addiction Rehab
- Professional Counseling
You may require a combination of the options listed above to fully get over your smoking addiction. The sooner you start your treatment, the sooner you will be able to enjoy a fuller, happier life. Quit using smoking as a source of stress relief! There are more effective means to reduce stress and do not put you at risk for anxiety and depression. Remember, “You Do Not Need To Walk Alone” on your road to smoking cessation. Call us: (248) 244-8644, We really can help. Perspectives of Troy Counseling Centers.