Quitting smoking 'reduces anxiety'

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Quitting smoking 'reduces anxiety'

Postby Andy284 » Sun Feb 17, 2013 11:35 pm

Researchers followed nearly 500 smokers attending NHS stop smoking clinics
Smokers who successfully quit feel less anxious afterwards - despite the belief that smoking relieves stress, researchers say.

The British Journal of Psychiatry study followed nearly 500 smokers attending NHS stop smoking clinics in England.

It found a "significant" decrease in anxiety levels among the 68 smokers who had quit after six months.

The effect was greater among those who had mood and anxiety disorders than those that smoked for pleasure.

The researchers - drawn from several universities including Cambridge, Oxford and Kings's College in London - said the findings should be used to reassure smokers attempting to quit that concerns about increased anxiety levels were unfounded.


However, the study did suggest that a failed attempt to seemed to increase anxiety levels by a modest degree among those who had mood disorders.

For those who smoked for pleasure a relapse did not alter anxiety levels.

The researchers said it seemed that smokers - particularly those that smoked to cope - were more likely to have a cigarette soon after waking up to stave off withdrawal symptoms, which include anxiety.

By quitting, they removed these repeated episodes of anxiety and felt less anxious as a result, they added.

It comes as the government has launched a graphic anti-smoking advertising campaign, which features a cigarette with a tumour growing from it, and as many smokers prepare to quit as part of their new year resolutions.

BBC News - 2013
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Re: Quitting smoking 'reduces anxiety'

Postby marcoauciello » Thu Jan 28, 2016 11:45 am

Hii Andy284....I read your post and I completely agree with you. Yes, smoking actually reduces anxiety and people who quit smoke feel more energetic as compare to before.

How the Lungs Affect Anxiety

Yet although smoking can cause anxiety, it's the lungs that may contribute to some of the worst anxiety symptoms. Smokers are generally aware of how much they're putting their lungs at risk for cancer and damage because of smoking. But you may not be aware that your damaged lungs may affect your breathing.

Those that smoke may start breathing faster or less efficiently than those that don't smoke. Faster breathing can cause what's known as "hyperventilation," which is when the body breaths out carbon dioxide too quickly. Carbon dioxide is necessary for your body to function properly.

Smokers can also hyperventilate from coughing too often, as this may cause accidental fast breathing.Hyperventilation is one of the most common triggers of panic attacks and severe anxiety symptoms, such as chest pains, rapid heartbeat, light headedness, and shortness of breath.

These feelings often trigger intense anxiety (and further hyperventilation), which can be extremely difficult to manage and may cause the development of an anxiety disorder.

Its better to quit smoking so that a person will be able to feel more energetic. If the person can’t be able to quit smoke himself then for them there are many organizations who help smokers in quitting smoking without any harm.
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