Smoking Relieves Stress
Really? - The Claim - Smoking Relieves Stress - Question - NYTimes.com
Jump to full article: New York Times, 2010-08-10
Author: ANAHAD O’CONNOR
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 BOTTOM LINE
The calming effect of a cigarette is a myth, at least in the long term....