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Refraining from smoking makes people happier
15.02.2014

Refraining from smoking makes you happier, says a new British study. According to this, non-smokers are less depressed, anxious or stressed. This applies to both the mentally ill and the healthy.

Quitting smoking acts like antidepressants. People who quit smoking become happier. This is the result of a new British study. As the scientists from the University of Birmingham wrote in the specialist journal "British Medical Journal", smoking cessation increases the mood at least as much as treatment with antidepressants. The researchers compared a total of 26 studies on the subject.

More positive view of things The average age of the smokers examined was 44 and they were “moderately dependent”, smoking between ten and 40 cigarettes a day. Just under half (48 percent) were men. They were asked about depressive moods or their stress level both before they quit smoking and at least six weeks later. Those who managed to quit smoking were less depressed, anxious, or stressed afterwards. They generally had a more positive view of things than those who failed to quit smoking.

Effects on therapy for mentally ill people As the researchers led by study leader Gemma Taylor wrote, this applies to mentally ill people as well as to mentally healthy people. However, the results were not checked further at a later date. As Falk Kiefer, addiction researcher and medical doctor at the Central Institute for Mental Health in Mannheim announced as an independent expert on "Spiegel", the study could "have a significant impact on the therapy of mentally ill people." Because "especially with patients with mental illnesses, doctors and therapists are very good reluctant to recommend nicotine withdrawal. "Smoking is often tolerated because of the notion 'we can't do that to you'. The study results would suggest rethinking this practice.

Eliminating Misconceptions In a conversation with the AFP news agency, study leader Taylor from the University of Birmingham expressed hope that the results would help eliminate some misconceptions, such as that smoking relaxes or helps relieve stress. She also emphasized that smokers' mental health was worse.

Smoking as a trigger for diseases Smoking has long been considered a trigger for numerous diseases. The absorption of tar, nicotine, carbon monoxide and other pollutants via the lungs leads to increased cancer in the throat and larynx, esophagus and lungs. The risk of pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, kidney cancer and bladder cancer also increases. In addition, there are severe respiratory complaints such as asthma, chronic bronchitis or smoking cough. Furthermore, the cardiovascular system is affected when smoking. This results, for example, in coronary artery disease and the associated increased risk of heart attack. Tobacco consumption is also considered a significant risk factor for a stroke. So there are enough reasons to quit smoking. (sb)

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