About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Risk of Depression Higher Among Smokers: Study

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on February 24, 2015 at 7:49 PM
Font : A-A+

 Risk of Depression Higher Among Smokers: Study

Anxiety and depression is 70 percent more likely to occur in smokers than non-smokers, despite the widespread view that lighting up a cigarette is a stress reliever, says a study published on Tuesday.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) report -- issued ahead of No Smoking Day on March 11 -- says quitting smoking could improve mental health.


"This No Smoking Day we're calling on smokers to bust the common myths associated with smoking and commit to quitting on March 11. We're expecting nearly one million smokers to attempt to quit on the day," it said.

The study of nearly 6,500 people over the age of 40 found that 18.3 percent of smokers reported suffering depression and anxiety compared with 10 percent of non-smokers and 11.3 percent of ex-smokers.

This goes against the perception of more than a third (36 percent) of UK smokers who told researchers they believe the habit helps relieve stress, BHF said.

"There is a belief from many smokers that smoking reduces anxiety and stress, which is in turn causing many smokers to put off quitting," said the foundation's associate medical director Dr Mike Knapton.

"Yet, instead of aiding people to relax, smoking increases anxiety and tension. When smokers light up, the feeling of reduced stress or relaxation is temporary and is soon replaced by withdrawal symptoms and cravings," Knapton said.

The study cited Ria Wood, a 45-year-old ex-smoker, as saying: "When you smoke, its second nature to want a cigarette and you constantly make excuses as to why you can't quit. You keep telling yourself 'things are too stressful, I will quit next week'.

"Once I quit, I really did feel the difference. I noticed changes to my appearance straight away, but I also noticed I felt better and less stressed. Now I don't walk around worried about when I'm going to have my next cigarette," she said.

Source: AFP


Recommended Reading

Latest Research News

Omega-3 Can Save Alzheimer's Patients from Vision Loss
Does omega-3 help Alzheimer's patients? A new form of omega-3 helped restore specific markers of eye health in mice bred with aspects of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Why Is Asthma Linked to Increased Risk of Osteoarthritis?
Drugs used to inhibit the physiological responses for allergic reactions lessen osteoarthritis risk, revealed research.
 Experiments on Child Brain Tumour and Muscle Ageing Heading to Space
The International Space Station will be used to carry out experiments seeking to improve understanding of incurable child brain tumors and the muscle aging process.
 Nearly 1 In 5 UK Adults Experience Negative Responses to Sounds
How many people in the UK have misophonia? In a representative sample study, most people had at least some irritation upon hearing trigger sounds.
Why Are 1 in 8 Indians at Risk of Irreversible Blindness
Routine eye-checkups and mass screenings enable early diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Late-stage glaucoma diagnosis leads to blindness.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Risk of Depression Higher Among Smokers: Study Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests