Tobacco Myths

Smoking Relieves Stress

Really? - The Claim - Smoking Relieves Stress - Question -

Jump to full article: New York Times, 2010-08-10

Studies have found, however, that in reality, lighting up has the opposite effect, causing long-term stress levels to rise, not fall. For those dependent on smoking, the only stress it relieves is the withdrawal between cigarettes.

In a recent study conducted at the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, researchers looked at 469 people who tried to quit after being hospitalized for heart disease. At the start, the subjects had similar levels of stress and generally believed that smoking helped them to cope. . . .

The calming effect of a cigarette is a myth, at least in the long term....

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