Recent research conducted on smokers who could successfully quit smoking showed considerable difference in their anxiety levels than those who failed to quit. The findings of researchers from Oxford and Cambridge universities and Kings College London published in the British Journal of Psychiatry revealed that those who quit smoking successfully show lower anxiety levels. This study was conducted on 491 smokers attending national health services (NHS) stop smoking clinics in England. Remarkable decrease in the anxiety levels was found in 68 participants who managed to quit smoking in six months. They analysed smokers who smoked for pleasure or to cope and also those with mental disorders, the results obtained were variable. Decrease in anxiety was found in those who smoked mainly to cope with stress and with psychiatric disorders than those who smoke for pleasure. Failed quit attempt of smoking showed increased anxiety levels.
Studies found that the Nicotine of cigarettes reach the brain within seconds and create a sense of relaxation. This was found to be temporary and soon leads to the withdrawal symptoms and more craving. Continuous craving makes it a habit. Smoking also reduces nicotine withdrawal symptoms which appear similar to anxiety symptoms, but does not work on anxiety as such instead puts them at a greater risk of physical and mental ill health.
An age old belief that smoking relieves signs and symptoms of stress and depression was proven wrong by this recent research. Smoking is an undisputed reason for cancers and heart diseases. Not just their health they also put the health of people surrounding them at a stake.
Several treatments and counselling programs are offered to people who want to give up smoking these days. All a person needs is a strong resolution to quit smoking.