e! Science News reported today new research from the Washington University School of Medicine that shows benefits to the mentally ill when they stop smoking.
The study is published online in the journal Psychological Medicine. The assumption has been that psychiatric problems are more difficult to treat and that quitting smoking may interfere with treatment. The research shows just the opposite. Quitting smoking or reducing the number of cigarettes smoked by half was associated with a lesser risk for mood disorders like depression, as well as a lesser risk of drug and alcohol problems.
The researchers analyzed data from 4800 daily smokers. Those who had addiction or psychiatric issues at the beginning of the survey were less likely to have the same problems three years later if they had stopped smoking. And for those patients who didn’t have any psychiatric problems at the initial survey it turns out that they were less likely to develop those problems that they’d already stopped smoking previously.
See the article in e!Science News at http://tinyurl.com/kaqpx3o