A lot of people smoke cigarettes to calm down, or to lose weight. New research shows that smoking actually has negative effects on both emotion and metabolism:
In case the now common-knowledge health risks of smoking aren’t deterrent enough, new research shows that smokers have a 70% higher risk of anxiety and depression than nonsmokers. In case you think that this might mean that smoking is a consequence of anxiety and depression, rather than a cause, get this: People who formerly smoked but gave up the habit dropped back into the category of normal risk, alongside those who had never smoked at all. And for those of you who smoke around children or family members, think about how secondhand smoke could affect their emotional health. It’s easy to think of “old-age” diseases like cancer and emphysema as far-away risks, but anxiety and depression can hit at any age. Protect yourself and those around you, and give up the habit. It’s doing nobody any good.
Worried that quitting cigarettes will make you gain weight? Not true. A new study found that quitting smoking, while it might lead to slight initial weight gain, actually has positive metabolic effects over the long term. That means that losing weight and keeping it off could be an easier, more efficient process for your body in the future.
It’s not too late to lower your risk for other diseases, too. This chart shows just how dramatically you risks of smoking-related disease are lowered, starting almost immediately after your final cigarette:
Need help quitting? Go to http://smokefree.gov, Google “quit smoking” for thousands of methods and support systems, or call either of the numbers below for free support from specially trained counselors:
1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848) (8am-8pm)
1-800-QUIT–NOW (1-800-784-8669) (hours vary by state)
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