More Smoking Equals Lower Quality of Life

Posted By: Staff | Apr 24 2014

Smoking cigarettes, even for a short time, is associated with a significantly lower quality of life (QoL), new research suggests.

A review of 54 studies that assessed QoL in relation to smoking showed that taking up smoking even for a brief duration was associated with lower physical, mental, and social functioning and increased depression.

We are trying to change the perception that our patients with mental illness or co-occurring addictions have about smoking. They feel that smoking actually helps their nerves and calms them down, when in fact it actually has a negative impact on their quality of life, even if they’ve been smoking for a few weeks or months,” [Matthew Goldenberg, DO, from Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Phoenix, Arizona] added.

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