People start smoking cigarettes for different reasons, some start smoking as: they can not cope with the stress, difficult situations, get rid of boredom, etc. Teenagers usually start smoking due to advertisements, curiosity, peer pressure. Most people know once they start smoking, it will be difficult to quit.
Besides cigarettes, smoking has a harmful effect on the lungs, Nicotine released during smoking leads to increased blood pressure and heart rate. It narrows down arteries and makes them stiff, which may lead to heart problems.
Recent studies have found that smoking not only affects physical health it also causes depression and has a negative impact on mental health in the long run.
The researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem surveyed more than 2000 students enrolled at Serbian universities with differing socio-political and economic environments. They found that students who smoked had rates of clinical depression twice or thrice times higher than non-smoking peers. At the University of Pristina, 14% of smokers were found to have depression in comparison to 4% of non-smokers.
It was found that students who smoked had lower mental health scores as vitality and socio-economic functioning. They were found to have higher rates of depression symptoms.
As per professor Levine, “Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that smoking and depression are closely linked”.
Wishing all a healthy life.
(For awareness purposes only).