Stopping smoking boosts mental wellbeing too

09/03/21 . Blog

Usual old hat for National No Smoking Day? Well, actually, no.

You may think you’ve heard everything about the damage smoking does to you. Every organ in the body harmed. Well, new research suggests it’s also bad for our mental health.

Smokers often claim smoking helps with stress. It does. But only because we’re feeding our addiction. You feel anxious and need a nicotine hit. You get the hit. You feel better. Yes, so on the face of it, smoking helps. But what about if you didn’t need the hit in the first place?

Freedom from stress

If you quit, you may feel some stress when the nicotine first leaves your system. And, true, it takes maybe four weeks. But any irritability or restlessness will give way to a far less-stressed feeling. You now no longer need that nicotine top-up. Freedom. And if you don’t believe me, there’s new research

Research from 2014 showed that stopping smoking reduced depression and anxiety when compared to continuing to smoke. An updated analysis is out now. In summary, the new findings from over 160,000 people show that quitting:

  • Reduces depression
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Improves mood
  • Improves quality of life

And another thing: we often worry that we’ll lose our ‘smoking mates’ if we stop. The research found no evidence of this. Fact is: they all want to stop too.

Improved mental health. It’s another good reason to quit.

#TodayIsTheDay #NoSmokingDay #QuitforCovid

Jim Pollard,
Editor (gave up smoking on third attempt!)

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