New Research Shows Mental Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

smokeBy Emily Murray

Gone are the days that we naively believed smoking wasn’t bad for us, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have more to learn! Research now shows that not only are the benefits of quitting smoking beneficial for physical health, but mental health as well.

Those who currently smoke will often cite their anxiety and stressful lifestyle as their reason for smoking, but according to the results of 26 previous studies, those who quit smoking actually experience less depression, anxiety and stress.

What many smokers attribute to anxiety, is actually their nicotine addiction. When enough time goes by between cigarettes, it’s common for smokers to feel the need for one because they are having nicotine withdrawal.

Aside from reporting a break from the negative feelings associated with stress and anxiety, those who quit smoking also reported an increase in positive mood patterns and quality of life. The average amount of cigarettes previously smoked in a day by participants was 20.

It’s hard to attribute all factors to quitting smoking since there is no way of measuring other life factors, but it is safe to say that your health in general is better off without the cigarettes!

This Valentine’s Day, the best gift you can give yourself is a smoke-free future!