Quit smoking to reduce stress

One of the most common ideas about smoking is that it would be a good way to fight against stress.

A British study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, belies this trite assumption, saying that smoking tends rather to increase the stress!

Decrease in stress after quitting smoking

A team of British researchers from King’s College London and Southampton University conducted a study of 491 patients measuring their anxiety levels before and after quitting smoking. They were subjected to a smoking cessation combining psychotherapy, educational methods and drug treatments, after which the patients have to answer a questionnaire to measure their stress levels before and 6 months after quitting smoking.


The result of the study is clear: “Smokers who overcome the abstinence experience have reduction in anxiety in the long term, while those who fail actually see an increase in it.”

On a scale of 80, those being able to manage their withdrawal saw their stress decrease of 9 points, while those who failed weaning smoking saw their nervousness rates increased by 3 points.

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One Comment

  1. eNaturals Heal January 2, 2014 3:53 pm Reply

    Right! Smoking is never good if you want to stay away from stress. Quit now if you still can. Also, I suggest some natural insomnia cures if you wanted to get a good sleep to relieve from stress.

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