Emotional trigger to smoke

by Medindia Content Team on  August 27, 2001 at 4:46 PM General Health News
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Emotional trigger to smoke
According to a study, emotions trigger the desire to smoke.Researchers at the University of California have studied the effect your emotional state has upon the urge to smoke. They had 25 women and 35 men record their location, activity and mood states every 20 minutes during waking hours over two 24 hour periods. The results showed striking gender differences.

Both men and women were more likely to smoke when they were angry. But the effect was stronger in men, who said cigarettes had a powerful calming effect and they did whenever they were sad and anxious. But women smoked more only when they were happy.

It's known that 'emotional' smokers, and hostile personalities, find it harder to quit than easy-going people. Researchers believe that anger and stress-management would be useful components of smoking cessation programmes.


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