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posted by Dopefish on Monday February 24 2014, @09:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the bender-might-be-less-cranky-if-he-ditched-cigars dept.

lhsi writes "A recent publication on the British Medical Journal finds that stopping smoking improves mental health: "Change in mental health after smoking cessation: systematic review and meta-analysis" (CC BY-NC 3.0).

A lot of smokers claim that smoking has mental health benefits; reducing depression and anxiety, and for relaxation and relieving stress. However the study suggests this is likely mis-attributing the ability of cigarettes to abolish nicotine withdrawal as a beneficial effect on mental health. The study notes that some health professionals are reluctant to recommend stopping smoking as a way to help mental health problems due to the fear that it might make things worse, but this study suggests that it actually would help.

The main conclusion of the study:

Smoking cessation is associated with reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life compared with continuing to smoke. The effect size seems as large for those with psychiatric disorders as those without. The effect sizes are equal or larger than those of antidepressant treatment for mood and anxiety disorders."

 
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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @09:55AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @09:55AM (#5708)

    Now I'm very anxious about the inevitable Soylent Beta! Holy crap it's going to suck so hard. I need another cigarette.

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  • (Score: 5, Informative) by mrbluze on Monday February 24 2014, @11:15AM

    by mrbluze (49) on Monday February 24 2014, @11:15AM (#5739) Journal

    Just for the record, don't worry, we are not going there. We are all here for the comments, not just the articles.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @11:21AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @11:21AM (#5743)

      What do you mean, not just the articles? :-)

    • (Score: 1) by cykros on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:45PM

      by cykros (989) on Tuesday February 25 2014, @04:45PM (#6725)
      Wait, there are articles here??
  • (Score: 3, Funny) by istartedi on Monday February 24 2014, @04:05PM

    by istartedi (123) on Monday February 24 2014, @04:05PM (#5910) Journal

    Soylent Cigarettes are people! [youtube.com]