Saturday, August 14, 2010

Posted by Neill Abayon

Many people say they smoke because it helps to take the edge off and reduce their stress levels. But new research has found that smoking induces an opposite effect, increasing stress levels over time rather than calming the nerves.

A team of researchers from the London School of Medicine and Dentistry recently evaluated a group of nearly 500 people who attempted to stop smoking after being hospitalized for heart disease. At the beginning of the study, all participants generally had similar stress levels and believed that smoking helped to reduce stress.

But after a year, those who continued to smoke saw no improvement in perceived stress levels, while those who abstained actually experienced a 20 percent drop in stress levels. According to the study paper, those who remained faithful by not smoking had "a significantly larger decrease in perceived stress".

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