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Quitters Report Less Stress
2011.12.19
Smokers perceive cigarette smoking can reduce stress whereas cessation brings along stress, weight gain and affect social life, etc. A study found that quitters have improved health and get a boost in their quality of life.

Professor Megan E. Piper, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health led the study between 2005 and 2007, in which 1,504 participants of smoking cessation service were assigned into 6 groups with different cessation supports, such as NRT, the drug bupropion, combination of those aids or placebo with counseling service. Researchers followed the participants for three years and tested their blood to see if they had actually quit. They also conducted questionnaire surveys to assess their standard of living and quality of life.

The study revealed that quality of life went down for both quitters and smokers but it went down less for the quitters. In addition, the quitters reported fewer stressors and improved mood compared to smokers three years after stopping.

Dr Megan Piper expressed that quitting is hard, but quitting can bring a lot of benefits on health, psychological well-being and quality of life. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers on average. Smoking cessation can reduce the risk factors for heart attack and cancers whereas the results of this study can motive more smokers to quit for their quality of time.

Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine
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