Posted on March 7, 2014 in Mental Health

Can Smoking Lead to Psychological Distress?

Psychological distress is a term mental health professionals use to describe the negative mental/emotional effects of day-to-day encounters with stressful events or situations. People affected by serious forms of this distress have heightened risks for eventually developing some form of diagnosable mental illness. According to the results of a study published in late 2013 in the journal Tobacco Control, people who smoke cigarettes have an increased likelihood of experiencing psychological distress. Conversely, habitual smokers who break their reliance on nicotine decrease their chances of experiencing worsening forms of psychological distress.

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